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The Dartmouth 17 Oct 2012 By Joe Clyne
Harvard University launched two new online courses on Monday, with each attracting more than 30,000 students, according to The Harvard Crimson. The free courses are offered through edX, a nonprofit virtual learning initiative created by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year. In edX’s first semester, Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley are offering online courses. Harvard’s two online classes, Computer Science 50x and Public Health 207x, mark the university’s first attempts at offering free courses to the public. EdX president and MIT professor Anant Agarwal said he anticipated more than a dozen new offerings for the spring term to be released in the coming weeks, The Crimson reported. Read more about The Dartmouth | Daily Debriefing

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

Texas MOOCs for Credit?

Inside Higher Ed 16 Oct 2012 By Steve Kolowich
So far the universities partnering with edX and Coursera on massive open online courses (MOOCs) have focused on the ideal of lowering the barriers to elite courses.
But edX’s newest partner, the University of Texas System, has more pragmatic ambitions. It wants to use them to get more students through college more quickly and for less money.
“We’re trying to move the MOOC model,” said Steve Mintz,
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University of Texas joins edX

Boston Business Journal 16 Oct 2012 By Don Seiffert
The first statewide university system has joined Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley in the recently launched non-profit, web-based educational platform, edX. The nine universities and six health institutions of the University of Texas (UT) System have joined the three universities which now put select classes online through the program, which was announced in May as a joint, $60 million project initiated by Harvard and MIT. UC Berkley joined the program in July. Read more about Boston Business Journal | University of Texas joins edX

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

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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