Online Learning Update

October 25, 2012

Getting the most out of online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By Kathleen Kingsbury, Reuters

Online learning just got a lot bigger: Last week the University of Texas announced plans to bring its nine universities and six health institutions to the Internet. Courses from the state higher education system will soon be offered via edX, the $60 million initiative launched last spring by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to provide free, Web-based classes. The University of California at Berkeley joined forces with edX in July, and now Texas will invest $5 million. EdX is only one of several online platforms offering so-called MOOCs, or “massive open online courses.” Rival startup Coursera, founded by two Stanford University computer science professors and funded by Silicon Valley venture capital, last month added 17 top institutions to its roster, including Columbia University, the University of London and the University of Science and Technology.

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