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University of Texas Joining Harvard, MIT Online Venture

BusinessWeek 15 Oct 2012 By David Mildenberg
The University of Texas System plans to put up $5 million to join the EdX online school, started by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to help meet demand for low-cost college courses. The Texas system, based in Austin and overseeing nine universities, will quadruple the number of schools involved in the venture, which offers free online courses to anyone on the Internet. The state-supported Texas schools have been encouraged by Governor Rick Perry to cut the cost of college education. Read more about BusinessWeek | University of Texas Joining Harvard, MIT Online Venture

First University System Joins edX

Center for Digital Education 15 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 Center for Digital Education | First University System Joins edX

UT to offer interactive, online classes

KVUE ABC Austin 15 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
AUSTIN -- The University of Texas will soon be offering online classes to students around the world. Monday the board of regents approved a plan to join a program called edX. It's a computer platform that lets universities offer interactive classes. Read more about KVUE ABC Austin | UT to offer interactive, online classes

Univ. of Texas joins online course program edX

Yahoo News 15 Oct 2012 By Chris Tomlinson
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — 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 Yahoo News | Univ. of Texas joins online course program edX

University of Texas Joins Harvard, MIT in edX Online Learning Venture

Harvard Magazine 15 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
The University of Texas (UT) System today announced its affiliation with edX, the nonprofit Harvard-MIT online learning venture launched last May. The Texas decision, made public in Austin this morning, brings to four the number of edX partners: University of California, Berkeley joined in July, and is offering fall online courses on the edX platform, along with those taught by faculty from the two founding institutions. Harvard and MIT have thus attracted the flagship research institution from the California public system and the entire University of Texas system to the edX platform, which is committed to open-source software and to pursuing a dual mission alluded to in the UT announcement: extending classes to a worldwide audience, and applying what is learned from online instruction to campus-based teaching and learning. Read more about Harvard Magazine | University of Texas Joins Harvard, MIT in edX Online Learning Venture

UT System to join online course collaboration with Harvard, MIT

Dallas News.COM 15 Oct 2012 By Claire Cardona
AUSTIN — The University of Texas System is entering the wide open world of MOOCs. Yep, that’s a real thing. MOOC, short for massive open online course, is a growing trend in higher education, and one which UT System administrators believe will help raise graduation rates and provide affordable online and blended classes for anyone with an Internet connection. The nine academic universities and six health institutions of the UT System will join a $5 million partnership with edX, an online nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The University of California, Berkeley, has also jumped on board. Read more about Dallas News.COM | UT System to join online course collaboration with Harvard, MIT

UT System puts $5 million into online learning initiative

Statesman.com 15 Oct 2012 By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
The University of Texas System agreed Monday to join edX, an online learning platform, putting $5 million and the intellectual heft of 15 academic and health campuses into the nonprofit partnership founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The system’s Board of Regents voted 9-0 to approve the plan, with Chairman Gene Powell saying it builds on the board’s commitment to expand offerings of courses that are exclusively online or a blend of online and on-campus work. These approaches could boost graduation rates and cut the cost of higher education, as well as enlighten students around the world, he said. Read more about Statesman.com | UT System puts $5 million into online learning initiative

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

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

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