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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

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

100,000 sign up for first Harvard online courses

Mass Live 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 Mass Live | 100,000 sign up for first Harvard online courses

Univ. of Texas joins online course program edX

Caller.com 15 Oct 2012 By Associated Press
AUSTIN — University of Texas regents approved a plan Monday to offer courses to students around the world through an advanced online platform alongside Harvard, MIT and the University of California-Berkeley. The UT system is joining edX, a non-profit learning initiative founded by Harvard University and MIT that offers what are called massively open online courses that include interactive laboratories, virtual reality environments and access to online tutors and tutorials. Read more about Caller.com | Univ. of Texas joins online course program edX

Harvard’s Online Classes Sound Pretty Popular

Boston Magazine 15 Oct 2012 By Eric Randall
Harvard announced that around 100,000 people signed up for its first two online courses offered through the edX program it runs with Berkeley and MIT. That’s a lot of people, but the more relevant figure might be the number of people who end up completing the courses. In his piece on edX for the September issue of the magazine, Chris Vogel described one fear about a free online education movement at large: Read more about Boston Magazine | Harvard’s Online Classes Sound Pretty Popular

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

edX and the Harvard Undergraduate

Harvard Political Review 15 Oct 2012 By Sam Finegold
Today marks the beginning of a new frontier in Harvard education. Starting today, Harvard offers CS50x: Intro to Computer Science and PH207x: Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research, to anyone in the world for free. Over 70,000 are registered for CS50x, set to complete eight problem sets, two quizzes, and a final project: the exact same track that over 700 Harvard undergraduates have struggled through over the past month and a half. While this freedom to take Harvard courses for free is exciting for the greater public, how should the Harvard student feel? The focus of the conversation surrounding these Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has neglected to consider how offering Harvard courses online affects Harvard students. Fortunately for us, the realistic implications can only be positive. EdX will increase Harvard’s global presence and facilitate pedagogical improvements in the Harvard classroom. Read more about Harvard Political Review | edX and the Harvard Undergraduate

UT System touts plan for free online courses

My San Antonio 15 Oct 2012 By Jennifer R. Lloyd
AUSTIN — The push toward open online college courses just reached full tilt in Texas. In a special called meeting today, University of Texas System regents approved a $5 million agreement with the nonprofit edX and became the first full university system to join an effort to provide courses via the Internet to learners around the globe. Initially, students will not be able to earn college credit through the courses, though the intention is to scale up to offer that, said system spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo. Read more about My San Antonio | UT System touts plan for free online courses

edX and the Harvard Undergraduate

Harvard IOP 15 Oct 2012 By Sam Finegold
Today marks the beginning of a new frontier in Harvard education. Starting today, Harvard offers CS50x: Intro to Computer Science and PH207x: Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research, to anyone in the world for free. Over 70,000 are registered for CS50x, set to complete eight problem sets, two quizzes, and a final project: the exact same track that over 700 Harvard undergraduates have struggled through over the past month and a half. Read more about Harvard IOP | edX and the Harvard Undergraduate

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