Nine Massive Open Online Courses to be Offered by The University of Texas at Austin

Feb. 11, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — Students around the globe will have the opportunity to participate in nine dynamic massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be offered by The University of Texas at Austin during the 2013-14 academic year.

The courses will be deployed on the edX platform. EdX is an online nonprofit learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in May 2012. In October the University of Texas System became the fourth partner in the edX consortium of leading colleges, universities and university systems. Other members include Harvard, MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, Wellesley College and Georgetown University.

The University of Texas at Austin plans to deploy the first four MOOCs in fall 2013, followed by an additional five in spring 2014. Faculty and course development teams will use state-of-the-art approaches to build the content, assessments and technology for each course.

“Our faculty is enthusiastic about this frontier, and I’m proud that The University of Texas is in the vanguard of blended and online learning,” said university President Bill Powers. “Innovations like this make it an exciting time to be in higher education.”

These courses, which will be designed and taught by award-winning faculty members, are as follows:

Fall 2013 launch

Ideas of the Twentieth Century — Daniel Bonevac, College of Liberal Arts; Roy Flukinger, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center

Introduction to Globalization — John Hoberman, College of Liberal Arts

Bench to Bedside: Introduction to Drug Development and the Commercialization Process — Janet Walkow, College of Pharmacy; Donna Kidwell, IC2 Institute; Alan Watts, College of Pharmacy

Energy Technology & Policy — Michael Webber, Cockrell School of Engineering

Spring 2014 launch

Jazz Appreciation — Jeffrey Hellmer, College of Fine Arts

Foundations of Data Analysis — Catherine Stacy and Michael Mahometa, College of Natural Sciences

Mathematics and Effective Thinking — Michael Starbird, College of Natural Sciences

Introduction to Embedded Systems — Jonathan Valvano and Ramesh Yerraballi, Cockrell School of Engineering

Linear Algebra: Theory and Computation — Robert van de Geijn and Margaret Myers, College of Natural Sciences

The courses will meet high standards and are designed to improve student success, said Steven Mintz, executive director of the UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, which works with the system’s 15 institutions to promote educational innovation and expand access to affordable, quality education.

“We love the idea that people who have never been to college will get to see what a college course looks like,” Mintz said. “Hopefully, it will persuade them to pursue higher education.”

The university plans to announce the specific start date for the fall courses this summer. The flexibility of MOOCs allows for a beginning and end date that is not bound by the traditional academic calendar year, which encourages a global classroom where anyone in the world can register and participate.


For more information, contact: Harrison Keller, Vice Provost for Higher Education Policy and Research, (512) 232-8277; Jaimie Lenhardt, Center for Teaching and Learning (512) 475-7917.

16 Comments to "Nine Massive Open Online Courses to be Offered by The University of Texas at Austin"

1.  Steve said on Feb. 11, 2013

The best math creator online lives in Austin : PatrickJMT. Get that guy to create some courses. He was making great content years before all these other people hopped on the bandwagon.

2.  Brigitte Russell said on Feb. 11, 2013

I Live in florida now and would love to be able to grad from UT. Here SPC (St petersburg College) Probably has the best hands down online class schedules, almost every class that could possibly be taught online and with great function as well. Really good for the working adult. I wish yall had more to choose from. Hurry it up!

3.  David Yates said on Feb. 11, 2013

OK seriously, what does a professor of Germanic languages have to say about globalization that your average, reasonably educated person couldn't say just as well. Oh yeah, the average person is busy making a living in the REAL WORLD and doesn't have time for the charade of academia bloviation.

4.  Gary Brown said on Feb. 12, 2013

How do I sign up for the "Bench to bedside" class?

5.  Nathan Villar said on Feb. 12, 2013

I would love to get to know more about these courses that you are offering Thanks Nathan 954 605 1549

6.  doan dinh said on Feb. 12, 2013

I graduated in civil Construction engineering in 1996. (Polytechnics university - Vietnam). 17 years experienced as site manager, supervisor, Project manager. Now I'd like to move to live in US and need to update my backgroud for continuing job. So what major I could be offered at UTA?

7.  Suja Krish said on Feb. 14, 2013

Yes, please provide us some info on how we can register.

8.  Reagan Rawe said on Feb. 14, 2013

Most of the courses must have been funded by the Obamination administration based on the titles; Major course to save the world.... Jazz Appreciation.... Why not other courses to go with your globalization course.. like underwater basket weaving or remedial toilet training????? My patients has run out, as a TexEx, with your left wing agenda!!!!!

9.  Willam Hartofilax said on Feb. 14, 2013

This is a great start for anyone that wants to better them self though the u t systems. Hook Um.

10.  Charlie Arbaugh said on Feb. 14, 2013

Are these courses available only to enrolled students at UT, or are they more broadly available to any interested adult? If the latter, what is the cost to the participant?

11.  Robert Torn said on Feb. 14, 2013

Great to see UT Austin FINALLY participating in ONLINE courses. Due to my work schedule I was unable to attend in residence for my MBA so I earned it through the UT Telecampus program and was granted by UTEP. It can be harder than a classroom course and is dependent on the instructor but a new and in many ways better method of learning.

12.  Bobbi Utzman said on Feb. 14, 2013

I would love it if you would offer college classes toward getting a degree online - we live in Missouri now, but I graduated from UT in '87. My son, who graduates high school in 2015, would love to go to school there, but out of state tuition is probably too high, and it's a long way from home. This would be an excellent alternative. MBAs and other degree programs from other accredited universities are offered online, so I hope this is coming soon and very soon.

13.  Nemile said on Feb. 15, 2013

How do I sign up for Energy Technology & Policy

14.  Becky said on Feb. 15, 2013

These classes will be available at You register and sign up at edX. The courses will be free, as all edX courses are, but the courses do not provide college credit. In some cases you can receive a certificate for these types of online courses, as long as you participate and receiving a passing grade.

15.  Jonathan said on Feb. 21, 2013

@David Yates look into Hoberman, he's much more than just a professor of Germanic languages.

16.  N Brisson said on March 5, 2013

The offerings could be nicely balanced with the addition of a Saami class from your history department to the Fall schedule.