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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

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

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

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

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