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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

Stanford and edX to improve online learning platform

Los Angeles Times 3 Apr 2013 By Larry Grodon
Stanford University and edX, the online education group that is providing free classes worldwide, are announcing a new collaboration to expand and improve edX’s underlying platform and allow open access to it. Read more about Los Angeles Times | Stanford and edX to improve online learning 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 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 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 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

UT opens four edX courses to registration

The Daily Texan 30 Mar 2013 By Bobby Blanchard
UT has opened four free massive open online courses for registration. The University's edX courses, which will begin in September, are: Ideas of the 20th Century; Introduction to Globalization; Bench to Bedside: Introduction to Drug Development and the Commercialization Process; and Energy Technology and Policy. Read more about The Daily Texan | UT opens four edX courses to registration

Online Courses Open Doors for Teens

Financial Times 27 Mar 2013 By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
Teenage applicants from as far afield as India and Mongolia are catching western colleges' attention by taking so-called "massive online open courses" designed for older students. Schoolchildren taking courses on their own initiative already account for about 5 per cent of the 800,000 students at edX, the non-profit online venture founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some have used their results to apply to the colleges that pioneered MOOCs. Read more about Financial Times | Online Courses Open Doors for Teens

Harvard Expands Reach in Asia

WSJ.COM 19 Mar 2013 By Jason Chow and Te-Ping Chen
HONG KONG—Harvard University is expanding its reach in Asia through its online program and by reaching out to students with lesser means, university President Drew Faust said. EdX, the nonprofit joint venture started last year by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers university-level classes free online and already has attracted more than 700,000 people. Most of those enrolled are from outside the U.S., and 44,000 are from East Asia, which includes China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, Dr. Faust said in an interview. The history scholar said edX is well-received in the region, citing a biostatistics and epidemiology course that had 8,000 students from India.
"People see almost the miraculous impact [online education] can have and the ways in which the kinds of knowledge that people are so hungry for can be made available," she said. Dr. Faust called edX a startup "in every sense of the word," adding that the site is searching for its business model, which could involve licensing course content and charging for certain offerings, such as executive business courses. She said the project will remain a nonprofit endeavor, "but we do understand ourselves that it has to be sustainable, ultimately."
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Could online ed end college as we know it?

CBS This Morning 19 Mar 2013 By edX Staff
Anant Agarwal, an MIT professor and the president of Harvard and MIT's worldwide online learning initiative, edX, talks about his role in revolutionizing online learning and what it means for the future of the traditional four year university. Read more about CBS This Morning | Could online ed end college as we know it?

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