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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

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 Offers Free Online Courses - But College Credit Still Costs You

KUT News 15 Oct 2012 By Laura Rice
The University of Texas System Board of regents voted unanimously this morning to join an initiative to provide free online courses to anyone through a non-profit organization called edX. Right now, classes offered through edX are not for college credit. Instead, participants can earn a "certificate of mastery." But the UT System has plans to change that in order to help enrolled students take the classes they need. UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says that option would have a cost associated with it. Read more about KUT News | UT System Offers Free Online Courses - But College Credit Still Costs You

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

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

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