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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

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

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