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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

UT joins online college venture EdX

Boston Business Journal 15 Oct 2012 By Lauren Lawley
As part of an ongoing effort to create lower-cost college options, the University of Texas System is joining EdX, an online school created earlier this year by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The nine university system will spend $5 million on the venture, which offers free online courses, Bloomberg reports. Read more about Boston Business Journal | UT joins online college venture EdX

Harvard offers its first free online classes

Jacksonville.com 15 Oct 2012 By The Associated Press
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — About 100,000 people have signed up for Harvard University’s first free online courses. The free courses, which begin Monday, 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 Jacksonville.com | Harvard offers its first free online classes

UT System Joins Online Learning Effort

Texas Tech Pulse 15 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
The University of Texas said today that it has joined an effort to bring online learning and education to Internet users, as part of the edX non-profit learning collaborative, founded by Harvard University and MIT. The UT system said it will begin adding courses to the online edX platform this year, starting with at least four courses within the next year. The group did not say what types of courses would be offered on edX by the UT System. So far, edX offers up a range of courses online, including chemistry, computer science, circuits, and other classes; the online effort says its goal is to enhance teaching and learning through research about how students learn. Read more about Texas Tech Pulse | UT System Joins Online Learning Effort

U. of Texas Plans to Join edX

Inside Higher Ed 15 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
The University of Texas is planning today to officially join edX, which offers massive open online courses or MOOCs. Because the Texas announcement involves an entire system, it represents a major expansion of edX, which was founded by two universities (Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and was later joined by one other (the University of California at Berkeley). Coursera, another major MOOC provider, has been adding universities at a rapid pace. The Texas system plans to focus on general education and introductory-level courses for its MOOC offerings. Bloomberg reported that the University of Texas is paying $5 million to join edX. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | U. of Texas Plans to Join edX

UT System collaborating with Harvard, MIT on online initiative

San Antonio Business Journal 15 Oct 2012 By James Aldridge
The University of Texas System is joining edX, an online higher education community founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harvard and MIT launched edX in May. The University of California at Berkeley joined edX in July. Other universities are expected to join edX in the coming months. Read more about San Antonio Business Journal | UT System collaborating with Harvard, MIT on online initiative

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