News & Announcements

Univ. of Texas joins online course program edX 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 | 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

HarvardX Classes to Begin Tomorrow

The Harvard Crimson 14 Oct 2012 By Hana N. Rouse
Come tomorrow, the number of people taking Harvard courses will grow by over 100,000. Monday is the first day of school for HarvardX—a platform through which the University offers online versions of Harvard courses. More than 100,000 students have registered for HarvardX courses thus far, Harvard told the Boston Globe. HarvardX currently offers two courses—CS50x: "Introduction to Computer Science I" and PH207x: "Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research." Each has no prerequisites and is an online adaptation of the courses offered through, respectively, Harvard College and Harvard School of Public Health. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | HarvardX Classes to Begin Tomorrow

Harvard ready to launch its first free online courses Monday 12 Oct 2012 By Brock Parker
America’s oldest college will make a leap into cyberspace Monday as Harvard University will begin offering its first free online courses through a joint venture called edX that the school established with MIT in the spring. According to the university a total of about 100,000 students have already signed up for the first two Harvard courses, an introduction to computer science and another online course adapted from materials from the Harvard School of Public Health’s courses in epidemiology and biostatics. Harvard University Provost Alan Garber said Friday that the courses are being offered for free in effort to teach the world by making education materials and Harvard courses available online, as well as improving education on its own campus and researching how people learn and how the university teaches. Read more about | Harvard ready to launch its first free online courses Monday

In the new Listener, on sale from 14.10.12

New Zealand Listener 11 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
The boom in online study - and what it means for local institutions
The new Listener leads with the boom in online study options on offer – with big names such as Harvard and Stanford among them – and what it means for local institutions. Anthony Doesburg’s piece begins this way: The core of any student’s education was once the 3Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. But in the 21st century, educators are just as likely to be talking about the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
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EdX Offers Tremendous Reach for Harvard

College Classes 9 Oct 2012 By Keith Koons
A YouTube user recently posted a video that amassed over 150,000 views in a few weeks. This was not some comedy clip or a video of the latest celebrity mishap; this was a two and a half minute long trailer for an online education platform that has cost an estimated $60 million to create. The open source education platform is called edX and some people are already calling it the future of online education. Looking to the Future The video is part of an online movement known as MOOC, Massive online open courses that offer education for free to anyone who is willing to take the time to learn. The video uses a host of different buzz words and it is obviously aimed at the younger generation with its anthem like music set to inspire the crowds. While free education does seem like a great idea not everyone is convinced that organizations such as edX are a step in the right direction. Read more about College Classes | EdX Offers Tremendous Reach for Harvard

MIT OpenCourseWare Celebrates 10th Anniversary: A Look at the Platform That Transformed Education

BostInno 8 Oct 2012 By Lauren Landry
On April 4, 2001, former MIT President Charles Vest made a historic announcement: the Institute would provide free access worldwide to primary materials from virtually every course at MIT. The concept was coined OpenCourseWare (OCW). Vest called it innovative, saying: It expresses our belief in the way that education can be advanced by constantly widening access to knowledge and information, and by inspiring others to participate. Simply put, OpenCourseWare is a natural marriage of American higher education and the capabilities of the World Wide Web. Read more about BostInno | MIT OpenCourseWare Celebrates 10th Anniversary: A Look at the Platform That Transformed Education

Texas stampede

The Cavalier Daily 7 Oct 2012 By Managing Board
The Texas system of universities joined the edX initiative Monday. edX is a non-profit aimed at providing online education that was co-founded by MIT and Harvard and has since welcomed the University of California at Berkeley. But it is Texas — the most recent and least illustrious system of schools in the project — that looks to profit itself while putting other schools at risk by deciding to begin offering these online edX courses for credit. “Texas is now ground zero for this crisis,” said Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, in a speech given Monday on Grounds. Rawlings said the Texas legislature and its breakneck educative philosophy posed a threat to higher education at large Read more about The Cavalier Daily | Texas stampede

edX: Harvard's New Domain

The Harvard Crimson 4 Oct 2012 By Delphine Rodrik
On May 2, YouTube user “EdXOnline” uploaded a video entitled “edX: The Future of Online Education is Now.” The video, a two and a half minute trailer for the $60 million open source online education platform jointly overseen by Harvard and MIT, hit over 150,000 views within weeks. In the video’s opening statement, L. Rafael Reif, President (then Provost) of MIT describes the project in these terms: “so novel,” “so new,” “so different,”“very exciting,” “very scary,” and “potentially disruptive.” Behind these comments, instrumental music plays—the kind you would expect to inspire a younger generation, and more non-profit anthem than superhero theme song. The possibly disruptive implications of edX have been of particular interest to media outlets and educational commentators, inspiring evocative headlines like“Online Classes Cut Costs, But Do They Dilute Brands?”(NPR) and “Will edX Put Harvard and MIT Out of Business?” (Forbes). In the five months between the announcement of edX and the launch of the first-ever HarvardX courses in October (CS50x: “Introduction to Computer Science,” and PH207x: “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Heath Research”), the term “MOOC” (massive open online courses) has gained traction in the media and blogosphere. Speculation about whether MOOC-generated textbook sales might provide a vital boost to publishers has occurred alongside philosophical debates over the merits of the traditional four year university. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | edX: Harvard's New Domain