The University of Texas System is entering the wide open world of MOOCs. Yep, that’s a real thing.
MOOC, short for massive open online course, is a growing trend in higher education, and one which UT System administrators believe will help raise graduation rates and provide affordable online and blended classes for anyone with an Internet connection.
The nine academic universities and six health institutions of the UT System will join a $5 million partnership with edX, an online nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The University of California, Berkeley, has also jumped on board.
“Higher education is at a crossroads,” said Steven Mintz, who was recently appointed as the executive director of the Institute for Transformational Learning. “But by leveraging new technologies we can enhance student learning, we can accelerate graduation and we can hold down the cost of higher ed. … EdX will help us envision a new model for public higher education for the 21st century.”