We define "online learning" to be any learning environment that makes substantive use of a web-based component that enables collaboration and access to content beyond the classroom. Online learning strategies across the USM, therefore, run the gamut from fully online degree/certificate programs, to MOOCs, to hybrid and "flipped" courses.
The Kirwan Center has also launched a system-wide online learning strategic planning process to assist USM institutions in developing goals and approaches to online education and tapping new market segments.
Additionally, the University System of Maryland (USM) has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012 to increase global access to high-quality education. The agreement is designed to further increase student success, as well as the access, affordability, and quality of higher education in Maryland and around the world. The partnership has launched USMx, free online courses offered by the University System of Maryland through the edX platform, and MicroMasters® Programs, free, non-credit master's level courses, which can accelerate the pathway to an advanced degree and save students thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.