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Colleges Adapt Online Courses to Ease Burden

The New York Times 29 Apr 2013 By Tamar Lewin
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dazzled by the potential of free online college classes, educators are now turning to the gritty task of harnessing online materials to meet the toughest challenges in American higher education: giving more students access to college, and helping them graduate on time. Read more about The New York Times | Colleges Adapt Online Courses to Ease Burden

Adapting to Blended Courses, and Finding Early Benefits

The New York Times 29 Apr 2013 By Tamar Lewin
BOSTON — At Bunker Hill Community College, students worked in small groups, writing step-by-step instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But when a classmate was assigned to follow their instructions as literally as possible, it became clear that removing the bread from its bag was an important, forgotten step. Read more about The New York Times | Adapting to Blended Courses, and Finding Early Benefits

Learning from the world

The Hindu 26 Apr 2013 By Esther Elias
On a Spring day in September 2012, Anant Agarwal, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology taught Circuits and Electronics. Unlike his typical class of small numbers, 1,55,000 students across the world tuned in to take notes. It was the beginning of Edx — Harvard and MIT's online initiative to take top-class education beyond physical barriers. Today, self-directed learners worldwide are acquiring knowledge of everything from differential equations to art history, taught by the world’s best educators. Read more about The Hindu | Learning from the world

Online Education

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

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

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

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

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

Three's Company

Inside Higher Ed 3 Apr 2013 By Ry Rivard
Stanford University, the epicenter of the modern massive open online course movement, said this week that it will develop online learning software with the only one of the three MOOC providers not founded by a Stanford faculty member. Instead, Stanford is teaming up with edX, the Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Stanford and edX plan to work together to develop edX’s software platform, which will soon be freely available to developers across the world. (A key part of its software is already freely available.) Read more about Inside Higher Ed | Three's Company