UT Considering Massive Open Online Courses

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The University of Texas at Austin is considering getting into the MOOC — massive open online course — game. During a special presentation Wednesday to the University of Texas System Board of Regents on blended and online learning, Harrison Keller, the university's vice provost for higher education policy, said that UT is in negotiations with Coursera and edX, two of the most prominent companies engaged in the mass distribution of course content from elite universities for free online. "We are looking into this with great interest," UT President Bill Powers told the Tribune. Coursera already sports an impressive roster of nearly 20 institutions from around the world, including Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Rice University in Houston. The other company UT is talking to, edX is a collaboration between Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.

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