To meet the growing demand for a low-cost college education the University of Texas system has decided to join edX, the Massive Open Online Course provider started by Harvard and MIT.
UT is the first university system to join a MOOC provider, and the addition of Texas’ nine academic and six health institutions will quadruple the amount of schools offering classes through edX. In addition, this makes UT one of the first online colleges in Texas to offer classes through edX. UT, who follows the University of California, Berkley in joining edX, has agreed to pay $5 million to join the initiative, reported Bloomberg.
Although edX’s current offerings tend to gravitate towards computer science classes, UT has decided to offer mostly introductory level courses. A move that some see as being in line with Governor Rick Perry’s requests for state-supported Texas schools to reduce the cost of a college education.
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