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‘Linux of online learning’ gets stronger: edX and Stanford team up to build open source platform

Gigaom 3 Apr 2013 By Ki Mae Heussner
In its mission to become the “Linux of online learning,” edX just got a powerful new partner. On Wednesday, the Harvard and MIT-backed non-profit is set to announce that it’s teaming up with Stanford to collaboratively develop the open-source edX platform. Read more about Gigaom | ‘Linux of online learning’ gets stronger: edX and Stanford team up to build open source platform

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

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

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

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?

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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Fast Company 18 Mar 2013 By Anya Kamenetz
Since he set out to democratize education, Sal Khan has amassed a library of more than 4,000 short educational videos on Khan Academy, which gets 5.4 million unique visitors a month. The videos have been viewed 240 million times and are incorporated into classrooms around the world, as described in Khan's book The One World Schoolhouse. Read more about Fast Company | 4 TIPS FOR CREATING A SAL KHAN-STYLE INSTRUCTION VIDEO...FROM SAL KHAN

edX Makes Key Code Open Source

Inside Higher Ed 15 Mar 2013 By Ry Rivard
edX, the nonprofit massive open online course provider started by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made a part of its source code available to the open source programming community on Thursday. Until more of its code is made public, developers won't be able to clone edX, but President Anant Agarwal said this week's release will let everyone get a peek at its architecture. He said the entire software platform will be made available in the "not-too-distant future." After that happens, colleges across the world could adapt edX's work and use it to host courses themselves. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | edX Makes Key Code Open Source

The Professors’ Big Stage

The New York Times 6 Mar 2013 By Thomas L. Friedman
I just spent the last two days at a great conference convened by M.I.T. and Harvard on “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education” — a k a “How can colleges charge $50,000 a year if my kid can learn it all free from massive open online courses?” Read more about The New York Times | The Professors’ Big Stage