The UTAustinX Initiative
In Fall of 2012, the University of Texas at Austin became the fourth partner to join edX, the online non-profit learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Through edX, the “X Universities” provide online interactive education with a goal of enhancing teaching and learning through research about how students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on campus and in the online environment.
In addition to serving a global community of online students, UT Austin plans to redesign general education courses and traditional entry-level courses that are too often made up of several hundred students. Through its Institute for Transformational Learning, UT Austin plans to give students more options by offering courses that are customized to student needs. For example, UT Austin plans to offer courses that use a combination of technology and face-to-face interaction, courses that allow students to manage their own time by accelerating through sections they have already mastered or spending more time on areas they find challenging, and fully online courses so students are not limited by their location.
EdX courses are designed to provide students with a wealth of innovative resources, including interactive laboratories, virtual reality environments and access to online tutors and tutorials. Students who take UT Austin courses through edX won’t work in isolation, but will have the opportunity to participate in online forums, network with instructors and fellow students, and take part in exciting collaborative projects.
Four edX courses to be offered by the The University of Texas at Austin have been announced for Fall 2013. Five more courses are planned for Spring 2014. As with all edX courses, online learners who obtain a passing grade in the UT Austin courses will receive a certificate of completion from edX.
For more information on the UTAustinX initiative, contact Dee Kapila - Project Coordinator at the Center for Teaching and Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org