University of Texas System Embraces MOOCs

By Chris Hassan
Posted October 17, 2012 10:00 AM

University of Texas System set to use MOOCs.
University of Texas System set to use MOOCs.
There are many people living around the world with a desire to continue their education. However, everything from professional obligations to a lack of money can keep these individuals from working toward a bachelor's degree. Some experts believe that massive open online courses (MOOCs) can make higher education more accessible for all - as long as they have an internet connection.

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently established edX, a nonprofit learning initiative that allows individuals to take MOOCs through the two institutions, as well as the University of California-Berkeley. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the University of Texas (UT) System is set to join these schools' ranks, which Texas Governor Rick Perry is excited about.

"The UT System's partnership with edX is great news for Texas and exactly the type of effort I hope more schools will consider as we aggressively pursue the goals of improving graduation rates and making a college education more accessible and affordable for Texans," said Perry, as quoted by the AP.

Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System's board of regents, told the Houston Chronicle that the MOOCs represent another step toward making higher education more affordable and accessible to traditional and nontraditional students around the world.

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