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HarvardX marks the spot

Harvard Gazette 17 Oct 2012 By Tania deLuzuriaga
Harvard University’s first two courses on the new digital education platform edX launched this week, as more than 100,000 learners worldwide began taking dynamic online versions of CS50, the College’s popular introductory computer science class, and PH207, a Harvard School of Public Health course in epidemiology and biostatistics. For Marcello Pagano, a professor of statistical computing who is co-teaching PH207x, the potential to teach so many students at once is amazing. “I figure I’d have to teach another 200 years to reach that many students in person,” he said. Read more about Harvard Gazette | HarvardX marks the spot

University of Texas System Embraces MOOCs

US News University Directory 17 Oct 2012 By Chris Hassan
There are many people living around the world with a desire to continue their education. However, everything from professional obligations to a lack of money can keep these individuals from working toward a bachelor's degree. Some experts believe that massive open online courses (MOOCs) can make higher education more accessible for all - as long as they have an internet connection. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently established edX, a nonprofit learning initiative that allows individuals to take MOOCs through the two institutions, as well as the University of California-Berkeley. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the University of Texas (UT) System is set to join these schools' ranks, which Texas Governor Rick Perry is excited about. Read more about US News University Directory | University of Texas System Embraces MOOCs

Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX’s Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Boston.com 17 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
EdX, the not-for-profit online learning venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced its collaboration with Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, software and services company, to provide licensed content to edX students at no cost. Students who enroll in edX’s course PHW207x: Health in Numbers , taught by Professor Marcello Pagano of Harvard’s School of Public Health, will have access to an online version of the course textbook, Principles of Biostatistics, 2nd Edition, written by Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau and published by Cengage Learning. Cengage Learning’s instructional design services will also work with edX to migrate the print pedagogy from the textbook into the on-line course, creating the best scope and sequence for effective student learning. Read more about Boston.com | Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX’s Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX's Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Outsell, Inc 17 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
EdX, the not-for-profit online learning venture founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its collaboration with Cengage Learning, an educational content, software and services company, to provide licensed content to edX students at no cost. Read more about Outsell, Inc | Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX's Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX’s Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Virtual Strategy Magazine 17 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions the founders are creating a new online-learning experience. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning—both on-campus and worldwide. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard. Read more about Virtual Strategy Magazine | Cengage Learning to Provide Book Content and Pedagogy through edX’s Not-for-Profit Interactive Study Via the Web

Daily Debriefing

The Dartmouth 17 Oct 2012 By Joe Clyne
Harvard University launched two new online courses on Monday, with each attracting more than 30,000 students, according to The Harvard Crimson. The free courses are offered through edX, a nonprofit virtual learning initiative created by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year. In edX’s first semester, Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley are offering online courses. Harvard’s two online classes, Computer Science 50x and Public Health 207x, mark the university’s first attempts at offering free courses to the public. EdX president and MIT professor Anant Agarwal said he anticipated more than a dozen new offerings for the spring term to be released in the coming weeks, The Crimson reported. Read more about The Dartmouth | Daily Debriefing

University of Texas Joins Harvard-Founded edX

The Harvard Crimson 16 Oct 2012 By Kevin J. Wu
The University of Texas announced its participation in the Harvard- and MIT-founded online education venture edX at a press conference Monday morning, making it the first full university system to join since the enterprise launched earlier this year. The addition of the nine UT schools quadruples the size of edX, which previously included along with the two Cambridge founder schools only the University of California, Berkeley, which announced its participation in July. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | University of Texas Joins Harvard-Founded edX

Entire UT System to join edX

The Tech 16 Oct 2012 By Ethan A. Solomon
The University of Texas system — nine universities, six health centers, 212,000 students and 19,000 faculty — announced yesterday it would join edX, the MIT-pioneered online learning platform and university consortium. The move sextuples the number of institutions involved with edX, from three to eighteen, and bolsters MIT’s efforts to make online technology a staple of university education. The UT system will also contribute $5 million to edX, a non-profit corporation headed by former CSAIL director Anant Agarwal. The contribution is much less than those of the founding edX partners — MIT and Harvard each contributed $30 million — but more than University of California, Berkeley, which contributed no funds but promised technical assistance in developing the platform. Read more about The Tech | Entire UT System to join edX

Texas MOOCs for Credit?

Inside Higher Ed 16 Oct 2012 By Steve Kolowich
So far the universities partnering with edX and Coursera on massive open online courses (MOOCs) have focused on the ideal of lowering the barriers to elite courses.
But edX’s newest partner, the University of Texas System, has more pragmatic ambitions. It wants to use them to get more students through college more quickly and for less money.
“We’re trying to move the MOOC model,” said Steve Mintz,
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University of Texas joins edX

Boston Business Journal 16 Oct 2012 By Don Seiffert
The first statewide university system has joined Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley in the recently launched non-profit, web-based educational platform, edX. The nine universities and six health institutions of the University of Texas (UT) System have joined the three universities which now put select classes online through the program, which was announced in May as a joint, $60 million project initiated by Harvard and MIT. UC Berkley joined the program in July. Read more about Boston Business Journal | University of Texas joins edX

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