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Charlie Rose 25 Apr 2013 By Charlie Rose
A discussion about Online education with Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX; Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania; Joel Klein, former New York City Schools chancellor and CEO of Amplify and Tom Friedman of the New York Times Read more about Charlie Rose | Online Education

San Jose State online initiative to expand in Cal State system

Los Angeles Times 10 Apr 2013 By Carla Rivera
An online engineering course at San Jose State University that has shown promise in improving student performance will be expanded to 11 other California State University campuses next fall, officials announced Wednesday.
 
The San Jose campus, which has been a leader in adopting new technologies, will also establish a new Center for Excellence in Adaptive and Blended Learning to train faculty members from other campuses interested in offering the class.
 
The initiative was announced at a news conference attended by Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom, who along with Gov. Jerry Brown, has been pushing universities to pursue online education as a way to curtail costs and serve more students.
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California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment

Chronicle of Higher Education 10 Apr 2013 By Steve Kolowich
San Jose State University plans to widen its relationship with edX, the nonprofit provider of massive open online courses, and the California State University system is encouraging similar experiments on 11 other campuses. The moves were announced on Wednesday, just two semesters after San Jose State began a pilot project with edX to improve teaching and learning in its own classrooms. The university will incorporate three to five new edX courses into its local curriculum next fall, including courses in the humanities and social sciences. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment

Online Education Lifts Pass Rates at University

The Wall Street Journal 10 Apr 2013 By Geoffrey Fowler
San Jose State University's test results are in: Online education technology appears to improve pass rates in real-world college courses. The university, which is Silicon Valley's largest higher-education institution, on Wednesday said its first-in-the-nation test incorporating online content into a for-credit campus-based course increased pass rates to 91% from as low as 55% without the online component. The public California State University system also said it would expand its relationship with the online course creator, a nonprofit called edX, by increasing access to the pilot electrical-engineering course to as many as 11 other campuses. San Jose State began the trial with edX in the fall. The university is also running trials with online education startup Udacity Inc. that began in January. San Jose State said it would establish a center to study new online education techniques and train faculty in how to use them. Read more about The Wall Street Journal | Online Education Lifts Pass Rates at University

Software Seen Giving Grades on Essay Tests

The New York Times 4 Apr 2013 By John Markoff
Imagine taking a college exam, and, instead of handing in a blue book and getting a grade from a professor a few weeks later, clicking the 'send' button when you are done and receiving a grade back instantly, your essay scored by a software program. And then, instead of being done with that exam, imagine that the system would immediately let you rewrite the test to try to improve your grade. Read more about The New York Times | Software Seen Giving Grades on Essay Tests

Stanford teaming with edX for on an open source, online education platform

MercuryNews.com 4 Apr 2013 By Katy Murphy
Stanford University will collaborate with online education nonprofit edX on software that will soon be available to anyone for free, Stanford announced Wednesday. The move is aimed at expanding cooperative development of online education. According to Stanford's announcement, open source online learning platforms such as edX will allow universities to develop their own delivery methods, partner with other universities and institutions as they choose, collect data, and control branding of their educational material. Read more about MercuryNews.com | Stanford teaming with edX for on an open source, online education platform

Stanford to Work With EdX Open-Source Learning Platform

All Things D 3 Apr 2013 By Liz Gannes
Stanford University has helped spawn much online learning activity (see our D10 interview with its president), but the school itself is now throwing its weight behind the open-source, not-for-profit EdX platform, which was founded last year by Harvard and MIT. Read more about All Things D | Stanford to Work With EdX Open-Source Learning Platform

Stanford to help build edX MOOC platform

The Washington Post 3 Apr 2013 By Nick Anderson
Stanford University will team with a nonprofit founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to develop an open-source Web platform for free online college courses. Read more about The Washington Post | Stanford to help build edX MOOC platform

Stanford to join Harvard, MIT in online education

AP 3 Apr 2013 By AP
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stanford University announced Wednesday that it is joining forces with Harvard and MIT on developing a computer system that allows colleges to offer free online courses, a collaboration that school officials said would benefit both educators and students around the globe. Read more about AP | Stanford to join Harvard, MIT in online education

Stanford U. and edX will Jointly Build Open-Source Software to Deliver MOOCs

Chronicle of Higher Education 3 Apr 2013 By Jeffrey R. Young
Starting in June, colleges that want to deliver their own massive open online courses will be able to use a free software platform developed jointly by Stanford University and edX, the nonprofit MOOC provider founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | Stanford U. and edX will Jointly Build Open-Source Software to Deliver MOOCs

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