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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

The iTunes of Higher Education

Slate 19 Sep 2013 By Gabriel Kahn
The rapid rise of online “certificates” and how they threaten traditional university degree programs.  Read more about Slate | The iTunes of Higher Education

Mini MOOC Minors

Inside Higher Ed 18 Sep 2013 By Carl Straumsheim
MITx will this fall package some of its online courses into more cohesive sequences, just as edX prepares to roll out certificates of completion using identity verification. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | Mini MOOC Minors

MIT Will Offer MOOC Curricula, Not Just Single Courses, on edX

Chronicle of Higher Education 18 Sep 2013 By Steve Kolowich
MOOC companies are hardly universities unto themselves, but now a provider wants to move beyond offering one-off courses. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | MIT Will Offer MOOC Curricula, Not Just Single Courses, on edX

Forget MOOCs

Slate 18 Sep 2013 By Will Oremus
One of edX's experiments is what UC-Berkeley professor Armando Fox calls SPOCs -- "small private online classes," as opposed to massive open ones. Read more about Slate | Forget MOOCs

Online Classes Move Closer to Degree Programs

The New York Times 17 Sep 2013 By Tamar Lewin
Coursera and edX, the two largest providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are inching closer to offering degree programs, although the courses so far carry no academic credit. Read more about The New York Times | Online Classes Move Closer to Degree Programs

MITx introduces "XSeries" course sequence certificates on edX

edX 17 Sep 2013 By edX
CAMBRIDGE, MA – Sept. 17, 2013 – MITx, the massive open online course effort at MIT, has announced new certificates for completing sequences of related modules or courses on the edX platform. The sequences, called "XSeries" sequences, represent a new approach to MOOC instruction and certification across integrated offerings more expansive than the individual courses that have thus far defined the MOOC landscape. The two initial XSeries sequences are Foundations of Computer Science and Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Curriculum for each XSeries is developed by MIT faculty members and overseen by their academic departments. Read more about edX | MITx introduces "XSeries" course sequence certificates on edX

Education should go from bricks and mortar to bits and bytes

The Times of India 15 Sep 2013 By Padmaparna Ghosh
Anant Agarwal, president, EdX, believes the blended classroom is the future - a classroom that will benefit from a rich array of online courses and the vitality of interpersonal communication. Read more about The Times of India | Education should go from bricks and mortar to bits and bytes

The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator

The New York Times 13 Sep 2013 By Laura Pappano
Days before I was to meet Battushig Myanganbayar at his home in Mongolia, he sent me an e-mail with a modest request: Would I bring him a pair of tiny XBee wireless antennas? Electronic parts are scarce in Mongolia (he used components from old elevators for some of his projects), and packages ordered online take weeks to show up. Read more about The New York Times | The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator

Harvard-MIT venture edX teams with Google on platform for free online courses

The Washington Post 10 Sep 2013 By Nick Anderson
The free online learning initiative overseen by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday added a technology giant as a partner: Google. Read more about The Washington Post | Harvard-MIT venture edX teams with Google on platform for free online courses

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