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Online Harvard University courses draw well

The Boston Globe 15 Oct 2012 By Brock Parker
About 100,000 students have signed up for Harvard University’s first free online courses — computer science and an adaptation of the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatics. The online courses, part of a joint venture called edX, begin Monday, according to Harvard. The university’s provost, Alan Garber, said Friday that the free courses are part of an effort to educate people worldwide and that the effort will help improve education on Harvard’s own campus. “We really think that the first courses we offer will be great, but long term, the payoff is going to come from a better understanding about how people learn,” Garber said. Read more about The Boston Globe | Online Harvard University courses draw well

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

Boston.com 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 Boston.com | 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
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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

Arts and Sciences: Better Budget, Burgeoning Ambitions

Harvard Magazine 4 Oct 2012 By edX Staff
Dean Michael D. Smith’s annual report for fiscal year 2012—previewed with Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) colleagues at their October 2 meeting and published two days later—declares victory and outlines a future campaign. Stabilizing Finances The retrospective victory note concerns the faculty’s finances: after projecting large deficits in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and a sharp decline in the value of the endowment, FAS, as planned, achieved a balanced budget in its “unrestricted Core operations”: the faculty, the Gradate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and the College. This “structural balance,” as Smith writes, is “an important achievement…made possible by the faculty’s ongoing fiscal discipline over the preceding three years.” Read more about Harvard Magazine | Arts and Sciences: Better Budget, Burgeoning Ambitions

New Experiments in the edX Higher Ed Petri Dish

Non-Profit Quarterly 4 Oct 2012 By Michelle Shumate
In the past six months, online education focused on massive open online courses (MOOCs) has taken off. NPQ has noted the emergence of edX and the rise of Coursera. The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that online education, at least in the edX model, has found its metaphor: this is a live laboratory. edX is experimenting with five practices, seeing what works in the new online environment: Read more about Non-Profit Quarterly | New Experiments in the edX Higher Ed Petri Dish

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