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Our Best Educational Technologies Are Just Spiffy Email

The Atlantic 22 Oct 2013 By Robinson Meyer
Talk to the advocates of online courses like MOOCs and you’ll hear a familiar appeal: This is only the beginning. I heard it earlier this month, when I sat down with Anant Argarwal, the president of EdX. EdX is a MOOC-making non-profit, the result of a partnership between MIT and Harvard. Read more about The Atlantic | Our Best Educational Technologies Are Just Spiffy Email

Harvard and MIT's Online Education Startup Has a New Way to Make Money

The Atlantic 21 Oct 2013 By Robinson Meyer
It's been about a year and a half since massive open online courses (MOOCs) achieved notoriety, and the industry now has three giants: Coursera, Udacity, and EdX. Coursera and Udacity are West Coast-run, Stanford-spawned, for-profit standard-style startups. EdX is different: It launched as an East Coast, non-profit collaboration between Harvard and MIT. Read more about The Atlantic | Harvard and MIT's Online Education Startup Has a New Way to Make Money

DistanceEducation 2.0

China's People Daily 14 Oct 2013 By Xuyang Jingjing
As students in Peking University and Tsinghua University, two top universities in China, start their fall semester, tens of thousands of people who did not make it through the elite schools' grueling admissions process will also be able to take classes there - in front of their computer. The two schools are joining the world's top universities in the MOOC movement. Read more about China's People Daily | DistanceEducation 2.0

China announces edX platform to power its new online learning portal XuetangX

Boston.com 10 Oct 2013 By Matt Rocheleau
China announced Thursday it will launch an online learning portal powered by the open source platform edX, the Cambridge-based collaborative education nonprofit founded last year by Harvard University and MIT. Read more about Boston.com | China announces edX platform to power its new online learning portal XuetangX

China Is Getting A Huge Online Education Platform

Fast Company 10 Oct 2013 By Anya Kamenetz
EdX and Coursera announce initiatives to bring free online video-based college courses to China. Read more about Fast Company | China Is Getting A Huge Online Education Platform

EdX Open Source Platform Chosen to Power China’s New Online Education Portal

edX 10 Oct 2013 By edX
CAMBRIDGE, MA and BEIJING, CHINA – October 10, 2013 – A consortium of leading Chinese universities today announced that it has selected edX’s open source platform to power China’s newest and largest online learning portal, XuetangX. The massive open online course (MOOC) and blended learning portal will feature courses from leading universities in China. XuetangX will increase Chinese students’ access to quality education using cutting-edge online technology, while transforming learning on Chinese campuses and enhancing inter-university collaboration. Read more about edX | EdX Open Source Platform Chosen to Power China’s New Online Education Portal

An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses

The Wall Street Journal 8 Oct 2013 By Geoffrey A. Fowler
If the MOOC movement were in college, it would be time for a freshman report card. The assessment: great potential, but still in need of remedial work. Read more about The Wall Street Journal | An Early Report Card on Massive Open Online Courses

EdX to Work with French Ministry of Higher Education to Create National Online Learning Portal

edX 3 Oct 2013 By edX
CAMBRIDGE, MA – October 3, 2013 – The French Ministry of Higher Education has announced the launch of France’s national massive open online course (MOOC) and blended learning portal, which will use edX’s open source learning platform. The portal will provide French-speaking students with edX’s cutting-edge online education technology, increasing their access to education and helping transform learning on campuses across France. Read more about edX | EdX to Work with French Ministry of Higher Education to Create National Online Learning Portal

MIT’s President: Better, More Affordable Colleges Start Online

Time 26 Sep 2013 By L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT
Some wonder whether today’s online technologies—specifically, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which can reach many thousands of students at a comparatively low cost—could be an answer. I am convinced that digital learning is the most important innovation in education since the printing press. Read more about Time | MIT’s President: Better, More Affordable Colleges Start Online

A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course

The New York Times 25 Sep 2013 By Alan Finder
ONLINE course work has been a staple of American higher education for at least a decade. But over the last few years, a new, more ambitious variant known as a MOOC — massive open online course — has challenged traditional assumptions of what an online course can be. MOOCs have exploded in that short time, redefining who can enroll in college courses, as well as where, when and even why people take online classes.          Read more about The New York Times | A Surge in Growth for a New Kind of Online Course

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