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Universities Abroad Join Partnerships On the Web

The New York Times 20 Feb 2013 By Tamar Lewin
Over the last year, elite American universities have raced to stake out a place in the new world of free online courses — and now, universities around the globe are following suit. Read more about The New York Times | Universities Abroad Join Partnerships On the Web

Universities Abroad Join Partnerships On the Web

The New York Times 20 Feb 2013 By Tamar Lewin
edX, a nonprofit venture started by Harvard and M.I.T., is doubling its university partners to 12, adding Rice University , the Australian National University , Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and, in Canada, McGill and the University of Toronto. Read more about The New York Times | Universities Abroad Join Partnerships On the Web


Online education groups add colleges from U.S. and overseas

Los Angeles Times 20 Feb 2013 By Larry Gordon
Two of the emerging providers of online college classes, Coursera and edX, are announcing significant expansions in the numbers of campuses that will join their organizations and offer free courses. The high-powered competitors, both founded last year, say their academic offerings will have more of an international flavor as a result of additional schools signing on from outside the U.S. Read more about Los Angeles Times | 
Online education groups add colleges from U.S. and overseas


Online Learning Platform, edX, Goes International With The Addition Of Six New Schools

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2013 By Rip Empson
edX announced today that it is officially expanding its reach from North America to Europe and Asia by doubling the number of its member institutions and will be adding a handful of new courses to its roster. The platform‘s international expansion adds six new institutions to the organization‘s so-called ―X University Consortium, including Australian National University, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, McGill University and the University of Toronto in Canada and Rice University in the U.S. Read more about TechCrunch | 
Online Learning Platform, edX, Goes International With The Addition Of Six New Schools

McGill, U of T join online learning consortium

The Globe and Mail 20 Feb 2013 By James Bradshaw
The new global marketplace for free online university courses continues to expand quickly, with six new schools, including the University of Toronto and McGill University, signing on with edX, a U.S.-based consortium. The additions double the roster of schools offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs, through edX, a not-for-profit venture founded last year by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that so far has enrolled more than 700,000 students from 192 countries. It is one of three U.S. startups pouring tens of millions of dollars into online platforms that some expect could revolutionize access to higher education. Read more about The Globe and Mail | McGill, U of T join online learning consortium

Scientific superstars to headline free online edX courses

The Boston Globe 31 Jan 2013 By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Some scientific superstars will be headlining online classes offered through edX, the nonprofit that aims to transform education by offering classes online. The lineup of free classes offered by MIT this year includes a biology class taught by Eric Lander, a leader in the human genome project, a class focused on poverty from the economist and MacArthur “genius” Esther Duflo, and electricity and magnetism from legendary physics professor Walter Lewin. And that’s just a taste: Michael Sandel, a government professor at Harvard University, will offer his class on Justice, already taken by 15,000 Harvard students, to the whole world. There will be a class on the Greek hero from Gregory Nagy, a leading classicist at Harvard. Read more about The Boston Globe | Scientific superstars to headline free online edX courses

Georgetown to offer free online courses

The Washington Post 9 Dec 2012 By Nick Anderson
Georgetown University is joining one of the most prominent ventures in online higher education, a Web platform known as edX that provides courses from elite schools to a global audience free of charge. Read more about The Washington Post | Georgetown to offer free online courses

Wellesley College teams up with online provider edX

The Boston Globe 4 Dec 2012 By Peter Schworm
Classes at liberal arts colleges bring to mind small groups of students bunched around a long wooden table, batting around big ideas with a professor. That tradition would seem at odds with the new trend in higher education, opening courses to the masses via the Internet. But now a new partnership involving Wellesley College is seeking to bridge these two worlds, in a test of how humanities classes will translate into the growing online arena. Read more about The Boston Globe | Wellesley College teams up with online provider edX

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

Technology Review 2 Nov 2012 By Antonio Regalado
If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line, or even the bicycle. The list goes on. Now answer this one: what’s been the single biggest innovation in education? Don’t worry if you come up blank. You’re supposed to. The question is a gambit used by Anant Agarwal, the computer scientist named this year to head edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, to anyone who wants one. His point: it’s rare to see major technological advances in how people learn. Read more about Technology Review | The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

Classroom in the Cloud

Harvard Magazine 1 Nov 2012 By edX Staff
Even as David J. Malan enjoyed the news that Computer Science 50, “Introduction to Computer Science,” was the second-largest College course this fall, with 691 undergraduates, he was contemplating a “classroom” much vaster than Sanders Theatre. By mid September, well before the October 15 launch of CS50x, the all-online version (cs50.net/x), some 53,000 students had enrolled worldwide. The nonprofit Harvard-MIT learning venture edX, created last May (see “Harvard, Extended,” July-August), has begun by offering seven free, open-access, noncredit “massive open online courses”—MOOCs as they are known—in its first fall. Read more about Harvard Magazine | Classroom in the Cloud

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