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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

College Courses Expand Online

WSJ.COM 24 Feb 2013 By Emily Glazer
Massive open online courses, or so-called MOOCs, are opening up access to classes at a growing number of colleges and universities. The classes, which typically are free and not for credit, enable large-scale participation via the Web to a range of courses—from math to photography. The American Council on Education, an association of university presidents, is considering for-credit status for some courses. But even without credit, courses can serve as an introduction to a subject, supplement coursework or help with job retraining. Companies including Udacity (, Coursera ( and edX ( are partnering with schools or independent instructors to offer online classes. You can sign up on their respective websites. Read more about WSJ.COM | College Courses Expand Online

The Particle Accelerator of Learning

Inside Higher Ed 22 Feb 2013 By Peter Stokes
“The fruit ripens slowly,” the Guru Nisargadatta Maharaj once observed, “but it drops suddenly.” In a similar fashion, MOOCs (or massive open online courses) seem to have arrived almost out of nowhere, in quick succession – first Udacity in February of last year, followed by Coursera in April, then edX in May. Remarkable as it may seem, MOOCs as we know them today have been with us only for as long as it has taken the Earth to make one orbit around the sun. “I like to call the last year ‘the decade of online learning,’ ” joked Anant Agarwal, president of edX, during my recent visit to the offices of his bustling startup in the Kendall Square area of Cambridge, Mass. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | The Particle Accelerator of Learning