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edX, Facebook to partner to create free social education mobile app for students in Rwanda

Boston.com 24 Feb 2014 By Matt Rocheleau
Cambridge-based online education nonprofit edX is partnering with Facebook, other companies and the government of Rwanda to launch SocialEDU, a pilot initiative that will give students in the African country free access to a social learning platform via Internet-enabled mobile devices. Read more about Boston.com | edX, Facebook to partner to create free social education mobile app for students in Rwanda
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Facebook reveals online education app for Rwanda

CNN 24 Feb 2014 By Irene Chapple
Facebook is helping to roll out a pilot online education program in Rwanda, as part of its pitch to bring internet to the unconnected world. Dubbed SocialEDU, the new initiative was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Monday and comes the same day as the social media giant's founder Mark Zuckerberg gives a keynote speech at the event. Read more about CNN | Facebook reveals online education app for Rwanda
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Harvard, MIT Launch MOOC Student Visualization Tools

Inside Higher Ed 21 Feb 2014 By edX Staff
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the two institutions behind the massive open online course provider edX, on Thursday released a set of tools that visualize the age, gender, location and level of education of their almost 2 million MOOC users. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | Harvard, MIT Launch MOOC Student Visualization Tools
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Can Online Academics Compete With Lecture Halls?

Bloomberg 19 Feb 2014 By edX Staff
A video interview with the president of edX, who discussed online courses and the impact they are having on higher education. Read more about Bloomberg | Can Online Academics Compete With Lecture Halls?
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University of Tokyo Joins edX

The Harvard Crimson 19 Feb 2014 By Michael V. Rothberg
The University of Tokyo joined edX on Tuesday, becoming the 32nd institution to partner with the online education platform, which was created by Harvard and MIT in May 2012. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | University of Tokyo Joins edX
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Why We Joined edX

Inside Higher Ed 30 Jan 2014 By Joshua Kim
Last week my institution announced that it is joining the edX consortium, and will start offering open online courses this fall. Over the next weeks and months I’m hoping that our IHE community can utilize this platform to engage in a discussion about how to best leverage open online education to improve an intimate, campus-based, learning experience. Read more about Inside Higher Ed | Why We Joined edX
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San Jose State U. Adopts More edX Content for Outsourcing Trial

Chronicle of Higher Education 30 Jan 2014 By Steve Kolowich
San Jose State University’s experiment with online video lectures featuring professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—by way of edX, the nonprofit provider of massive open online courses—produced some promising early results. In the fall of 2012, students in two traditional sections of an introductory electrical-engineering course earned passing grades at rates of 57 percent and 74 percent, respectively. In an experimental third section, which was “flipped” to incorporate the MIT videos, the pass rate was 95 percent. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | San Jose State U. Adopts More edX Content for Outsourcing Trial

Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter

TED 27 Jan 2014 By edX Staff
2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter -- as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students. Read more about TED | Anant Agarwal: Why massive open online courses (still) matter
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Inside the First-Year Data from MITx and HarvardX

Campus Technology 27 Jan 2014 By Rhea Kelly
Last week, MIT and Harvard University released a series of working papers based on data from 17 massive open online courses offered on the edX platform from 2012-2013. The goal of the study was "to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online." Read more about Campus Technology | Inside the First-Year Data from MITx and HarvardX
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Two Years In, Ed Tech Startups Aim to Boost Retention

Re/code 25 Jan 2014 By Liz Gannes
The big knock on massive open online courses, or MOOCs, is that while thousands of people may register for them, only a sliver of students ever successfully complete them. MOOC retention rates are appallingly bad. In many cases, just five percent of people who sign up stick with a course and pass it. Read more about recode | Two Years In, Ed Tech Startups Aim to Boost Retention
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