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First University System Joins edX Platform

Government Technology 16 Oct 2012 By Tanya Roscorla
Huge online courses will be coming to the University of Texas System next year, the system announced Monday, Oct. 15. With this news, the University of Texas System becomes the first university system to throw in its hat with edX, a not-for-profit enterprise started by Harvard and MIT in May 2012. By partnering with edX, the University of Texas' nine campuses and six health institutions will develop massively open online courses (MOOCs). These courses allow anyone around the world to participate, draw large numbers of students and do not charge participants to take the course. Read more about Government Technology | First University System Joins edX Platform

UT system to offer free online classes through edX

YNN 16 Oct 2012 By YNN Staff
Within the next year, anyone with an internet connection will be able to take courses offered by the University of Texas. On Monday, the U.T. System's Board of Regents unanimously voted to join edX, an online nonprofit offering free college courses to the general public Read more about YNN | UT system to offer free online classes through edX

Univ. of Texas Joins Online Course Program edX

Fox29 San Antonio 15 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
University of Texas regents have approved a plan to offer online courses to students around the world along with Harvard, MIT and the University of California-Berkeley. The edX program is an advanced computer platform that allows universities to offer interactive classes over the Internet. Students who complete the courses can receive a certificate of completion, but they generally don't count toward a degree. UT officials say they plan to offer four online courses using the edX platform within the next year. UT hopes to develop general courses that are currently taught to hundreds of students at once. As part of the edX program, researchers study how students learn and then try to improve the online courses. The program started at Harvard and MIT, and UC-Berkeley joined in July. Read more about Fox29 San Antonio | Univ. of Texas Joins Online Course Program edX

UT System to Forge Partnership with EdX

The Texas Tribune 15 Oct 2012 By Reeve Hamilton
The University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to approve a new systemwide partnership on Monday with edX, a high profile provider of free online courses. EdX, a non-profit which began in early 2012 as a joint venture between Harvard University and MIT, now also includes the University of California-Berkeley. The UT System, with its nine academic campuses and six health institutions, will be the first university system to get on board. Read more about The Texas Tribune | UT System to Forge Partnership with EdX

University of Texas Joins edX

Online Colleges 15 Oct 2012 By Alex Wukman
To meet the growing demand for a low-cost college education the University of Texas system has decided to join edX, the Massive Open Online Course provider started by Harvard and MIT. UT is the first university system to join a MOOC provider, and the addition of Texas’ nine academic and six health institutions will quadruple the amount of schools offering classes through edX. UT, who follows the University of California, Berkley in joining edX, has agreed to pay $5 million to join the initiative, reported Bloomberg. Read more about Online Colleges | University of Texas Joins edX

UT joins top schools in offering innovative online courses

The Houston Chronicle 15 Oct 2012 By Chris Tomlinson
AUSTIN - University of Texas regents have approved a plan to offer online courses to students around the world along with Harvard, MIT and the University of California-Berkeley. The edX program is an advanced computer platform that allows universities to offer interactive classes on the Internet. Students who complete the courses can receive a certificate of completion, but they generally don't count toward a degree. UT officials say they plan to offer courses that will allow students to earn credits toward a degree, however. UT officials say they plan to offer four online courses using the edX platform within the next year. UT hopes to develop general courses that are currently taught to hundreds of students at once. Read more about The Houston Chronicle | UT joins top schools in offering innovative online courses

UT System joins EdX online school founded by Harvard, MIT

Boston Business Journal 15 Oct 2012 By Olivia Pulsinelli
The University of Texas System will join EdX, an online school founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bloomberg reports. The system will pay $5 million to join the EdX online school, which the Cambridge, Mass.-based schools launched May 2. Since then, the University of California Berkeley has also joined. The UT system’s nine universities will quadruple the number of schools involved in the venture, Bloomberg reports. EdX currently offers free online courses, and students enrolled at participating schools can earn credit by completing EdX courses. Read more about Boston Business Journal | UT System joins EdX online school founded by Harvard, MIT

100,000 sign up for Harvard's first free online courses

South Coast Today 15 Oct 2012 By The Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE — About 100,000 people have signed up for Harvard University's first free online courses. The free courses, which begin today, are computer science and an adaptation of the Harvard School of Public Health's classes in epidemiology and biostatics. They're part of a joint venture called edX. Read more about South Coast Today | 100,000 sign up for Harvard's first free online courses

More online course options needed at Texas State

The University Star 15 Oct 2012 By Ravi Venkataraman
Texas State should consider offering more online courses for students in an effort to prevent rapidly growing classes and costs. Web classes will be beneficial for the university to improve graduation rates and help support any enrollment increases in the coming years. For years, universities have offered online courses for distance learners and professionals to develop skills, such as Microsoft Excel proficiency and HTML programming, necessary for the ever-changing workplace. Online courses should be more extensively used at Texas State as a reliever for overfilled lecture halls or overhead costs. Read more about The University Star | More online course options needed at Texas State

Online Harvard University courses draw well

The Boston Globe 15 Oct 2012 By Brock Parker
About 100,000 students have signed up for Harvard University’s first free online courses — computer science and an adaptation of the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatics. The online courses, part of a joint venture called edX, begin Monday, according to Harvard. The university’s provost, Alan Garber, said Friday that the free courses are part of an effort to educate people worldwide and that the effort will help improve education on Harvard’s own campus. “We really think that the first courses we offer will be great, but long term, the payoff is going to come from a better understanding about how people learn,” Garber said. Read more about The Boston Globe | Online Harvard University courses draw well

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