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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

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

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

MongoDB to Offer Free Online Courses via Edx

College Classes 3 Oct 2012 By Bianca Da Silva
EdX is proud to announce that it will be adding yet more courses to its database by partnering with a popular online giant; a company called 10gen who will work through a database platform called MongoDB. 10gen, a company that specializes in software development has stated that it will be making use of MongoDB in order to begin offering two online courses through edX; something which has many prospective students very excited. Joining a Group of the Educational Elite The new classes which are being offered by 10gen will be added to the growing collection of courses from MITx, Harvardx and most recently Berkeleyx, and so the business is certainly in esteemed company. While these institutions are offering their classes through the main edX platform 10gen will actually be offering their courses via edX on the platform MongoDB; they can be accessed via 10gen’s site instead of through the usual edX site. Read more about College Classes | MongoDB to Offer Free Online Courses via Edx

MongoDB courses to be offered via edX

The Tech 2 Oct 2012 By Jake H. Gunter
Software company 10gen, developer of the popular MongoDB database platform, announced last week that it will be offering two free online courses on MongoDB, using the edX platform. Academic classes from HarvardX, MITx, and BerkeleyX are offered on the main edX website. 10gen’s classes, although using the edX platform, will be offered on 10gen’s website and not on the main edX website.EdX officials have characterized the software as an open platform that can be used by other groups to offer courses of their own. A primary mission of the venture is “to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning — both on-campus and worldwide,” according to the edX website, and 10gen’s courses will be the first major use of edX software (which itself uses MongoDB databases, according to 10gen’s website) in an area other than academia. Read more about The Tech | MongoDB courses to be offered via edX