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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

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

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

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

Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us

Chronicle of Higher Education 10 Sep 2013 By Steve Kolowich
Until now, massive open online courses have mostly reinforced existing hierarchies in higher education. MOOC providers have recruited elite institutions and offered them and their professors the opportunity to broadcast their courses to the world. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us

Google will collaborate with edX on MOOC.org, new destination and hosting site for online learning

edX 10 Sep 2013 By edX
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Sept.10, 2013 - Edx, the not-for-profit online learning initiative, today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world. In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org, a new site for non-xConsortium universities, institutions, businesses, governments and teachers to build and host their courses for a global audience. This site will be powered by the jointly developed Open edX platform. Read more about edX | Google will collaborate with edX on MOOC.org, new destination and hosting site for online learning

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