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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

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

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

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

University of Texas Joining Harvard, MIT Online Venture

Bloomberg 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 Bloomberg | University of Texas Joining Harvard, MIT Online Venture

U. of Texas System Is Latest to Sign Up With edX for Online Courses

The Chronicle 15 Oct 2012 By Alisha Azevedo
The University of Texas system will join Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley to offer massive open online courses through edX, university officials announced on Monday. The system’s Board of Regents voted unanimously on Monday morning to put $5-million into the nonprofit partnership, which was formed by Harvard and MIT in May to provide free online college courses, known as MOOC’s, on a global scale. The University of Texas system will offer at least four edX courses by next fall, beginning with general-education courses in the spring. The addition of the University of Texas system, which includes nine university campuses and six health institutions, will expand edX considerably. Meanwhile, the for-profit online course provider Coursera continues to race ahead, striking deals with 33 universities so far. Read more about The Chronicle | U. of Texas System Is Latest to Sign Up With edX for Online Courses

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