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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

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

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

UT joins Harvard in online edX program

kxan 15 Oct 2012 By Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — 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. Read more about kxan | UT joins Harvard in online edX program

Harvard Debuts Free Online Courses

IB Times 15 Oct 2012 By Eli Epstein
With tuition costs soaring and jobs dwindling, there just might be a way to get a top-notch education while only paying a sliver of the market rate. Typically, the stigmas surrounding online colleges are lukewarm at best, but with the debut of Harvard’s edX, that’s about to change. The free program—part of a non-profit joint venture with MIT and the University of California Berkeley—debuted last week and drew 100,000 applications for web classes including computer science, epidemiology, and biostatistics, according to the Boston Globe. Read more about IB Times | Harvard Debuts Free Online Courses

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

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