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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

World Economic Forum partners with edX to launch online courses

Financial Times 22 Jan 2014 By Adam Palin
The World Economic Forum, which meets in Davos every January, has announced its foray into professional education with the launch of an online learning platform. The non-profit initiative, called Forum Academy, aims to develop strategic knowledge and improve professional leadership among current and future leaders. Read more about Financial Times | World Economic Forum partners with edX to launch online courses

World Economic Forum Launches "Forum Academy" MOOC Portal Using edX Platform

edX 22 Jan 2014 By edX Staff
For decades, the World Economic Forum has enabled leaders in business, policy and academia to meet and learn from one another at events held in Davos, Switzerland and many other locations around the world. These gatherings have provided the setting for an exchange of ideas that have helped set the direction for solutions to critical global problems. Now, with the creation of Forum Academy, the World Economic Forum (WEF) will provide a much wider audience with the opportunity to participate in a discussion addressing global, regional and industry challenges through courses created using the cutting-edge platform and tools innovated by edX. Read more about edX | World Economic Forum Launches "Forum Academy" MOOC Portal Using edX Platform

Harvard and MIT release working papers on open online courses.

edX 21 Jan 2014 By edX Staff
Research findings challenge common misconceptions, offer surprising insights about how students engage with MOOCs. Harvard & MIT Courses Cambridge Mass. - January 21, 2014 - MIT and Harvard University today announced the release of a series of working papers based on 17 online courses offered on the edX platform. Run in 2012 and 2013, the courses analyzed drew upon diverse topics — from ancient Greek poetry to electromagnetism — and an array of disciplines, from public health to engineering to law. Read more about edX | Harvard and MIT release working papers on open online courses.

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2014

lifehacker 3 Jan 2014 By Alan Henry
We've put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this spring (yes, and winter) for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Read more about lifehacker | Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2014

24 Invaluable Skills to Learn for Free Online This Year

BuzzFeed 3 Jan 2014 By Summer Anne Burton
Here’s an easy resolution: This stuff is all free as long as you have access to a computer, and the skills you learn will be invaluable in your career, and/or life in general. Read more about BuzzFeed | 24 Invaluable Skills to Learn for Free Online This Year

Launchcode to Offer In-Person Coding Classes

St. Louis Business Journal 2 Jan 2014 By Brian Feldt
Aspiring coders living in St. Louis will soon have the opportunity to take a computer programming course created in part by a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The course will feature in-person instruction, and is the product of a collaboration between LaunchCode and the nonprofit edX. Read more about St. Louis Business Journal | Launchcode to Offer In-Person Coding Classes

Learn to Code at Harvard for Free

lifehacker 2 Jan 2014 By Adam Dachis
If you've resolve to learn to code this year, one of our favorite Lifehacker U courses is just starting up: Harvard's CS50X. It'll teach you the beginnings of computer programming from the ground up. Read more about lifehacker | Learn to Code at Harvard for Free

This Online Class Wants to Help You Keep Your New Years Resolutions

The Atlantic 31 Dec 2013 By Julia Ryan
Harvard School of Education professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey think we need to use a different approach to change. In their upcoming online EdX course, “Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement,” Kegan and Lahey apply their psychological theory that traditional approaches to making changes can ignore the more complicated underlying reasons people behave the way they do. Read more about The Atlantic | This Online Class Wants to Help You Keep Your New Years Resolutions

Mom, do your homework! Turning edX into a mom-and-pop endeavor

MIT Technology Review 17 Dec 2013 By Joel McGonegal
The first day Rishi Patel ’14 stepped into Professor Anant Agarwal’s Circuits and Electronics class at MIT in 2011, he was hooked. After telling his parents how great 6.002 was, Patel had a strange experience: his mother and father signed up for it too. Read more about MIT Technology Review | Mom, do your homework! Turning edX into a mom-and-pop endeavor

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