edX’s total registered users grew to 35 million, up from 25 million last year. Cumulatively, these learners have enrolled 110 million times in edX’s courses or programs.
In 2020, edX added 13 new partners, including Stanford, Cambridge, and Google. So the world’s most well-known and prestigious universities now offer courses on edX: Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, and Cambridge. By contrast, only Stanford offers courses on Coursera.
In 2020, the Harvard and MIT-backed nonprofit launched a new credential called MicroBachelors, started offering higher-priced Executive Education courses, and launched a new product line for universities called edX Online Campus.
For Class Central‘s complete analysis of edX’s 2020, keep reading. For our previous years’ analyses, follow the links:
As we approach the end of 2020, the pandemic boost has mostly abated. edX numbers seem higher than pre-pandemic, but nowhere close to pandemic peak.
Fiscal Year (end in June)
Contributions & Grants
Since edX is a nonprofit, their tax returns are public. The latest one is for the 2018 fiscal year. The total revenue (not including contributions and grants) was $37 million. By comparison, in 2018, Coursera’s revenue was reported to be about $140 million.
edX’s “Program Services” revenue, which mostly consists of revenue from certificates, has been growing about 50% every year.
In late 2018, edX instituted a paywall for graded assignments and removed the unlimited access to course content. We might soon see the results of this change.
edX has now 3,090 active courses, up from 2,650 last year. Data collected by Class Central shows that they’ve announced around 700 online courses in 2020.
Here are edX’s ten most popular courses by enrollment launched in 2020. The top course has 300K enrollments, while the #10 has around 30K.
Currently, edX lists 385 microcredentials (up from 292 last year) of 5 different types. The table above shows how each microcredential type has grown over the years. In 2020, edX launched a new kind of microcredential: MicroBachelors.
Early in MicroBachelor programs are similar to MicroMasters but for undergrad. Another difference is that they carry standalone credit, granted by Thomas Edision State University or Western Governors University. MicroMasters, by contrast, only grant credit for specific master’s degree programs.
In 2020, edX also launched a new line of higher-priced online courses under the Executive Education banner. These courses have a fixed schedule, are 4 to 6 weeks long, and are priced between $999 and $3,599.
Currently there are five such programs. Many (if not all) of the universities offering these programs also offer similar programs (in terms of price and target audience) on different providers.
Leading Digital Supply Chain Transformation in the Post-COVID-19 Era
UT Austin & Boston University
Africa Live! Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
Business Analytics Fundamentals for Leaders
EdX Online Master’s Degrees
In 2020, edX announced four new online degrees and removed one, the marketing master’s from Curtin University.
This isn’t the first time they’ve removed a degree. Last year, Class Central’s Report noticed that the data science master’s degree offered by the University of California, San Diego, wasn’t listed on the provider’s page anymore.
Purdue University and the University of Texas at Austin, which already offered degrees on edX, each launched two new degrees. Purdue’s degrees were announced back in 2019, when Purdue became edX’s 7th degree partner.
Below is a list of all the degrees announced by edX. Nine other degrees are in development, but edX hasn’t shared details yet.
EdX currently lists 133 partners, including universities and organizations such as Google and Microsoft.
In 2020, they added 13 new partners:
University of Cambridge
Université de Montréal
Western Governors University
United Arab Emirates University
University of Bayreuth
University of Canterbury
Zürich University of Applied Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks
State Bank of India
Check Point Software Technologies
Pandemic Response & Impact
On March 11th, edX launched its Remote Access Program which allowed their university partners’ students to access edX’s catalog for free. 60 partners ended up taking the offer.
Perhaps taking a cue from Coursera, in mid April, edX expanded the program to all universities. The edX Online Campus, as it’s called, was limited to 5000 course enrollments per university through June 30, 2020. A limited selection of edX’s catalog was available through the program.
Just a few days ago, edX announced Online Campus Essentials, which allows universities to access edX’s learning platform tools and give their students access to ~100 online courses for free.
Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.