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Coursera looks to harness the free labor of its devotees

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As MOOC "power users" emerge, Coursera looks to deputize its most devoted students to improve its courses.

Top-tier universities band together to offer credit-bearing, fully online courses

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A consortium of top-tier universities announces fully online, non-MOOC, credit-bearing courses.

Gates foundation and ACE go big on MOOC-related grants

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The American Council on Education's plan to pursue credit recommendations for Coursera's massive courses is among wave of MOOC-related grants announced by Gates Foundation.

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University

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Coursera strikes licensing agreement with Antioch University, bringing business model for massive online courses into sharper focus.

Questions about faculty list at new university

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Newly launched Cambridge Graduate University has an impressive list of faculty members. Too bad many of them have never heard of it.

U. of Texas aims to use MOOCs to reduce costs, increase completion

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U. of Texas System wants to use its edX partnership to aid its goals of reducing costs and increasing completion. That will mean awarding credit, under certain conditions, for MOOCs.

Scholars debate etiquette of live-tweeting academic conferences

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Scholars debate the etiquette of live-tweeting academic conferences.

Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students

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Academic Publishing
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Elsevier will offer free (but basic) digital versions of one of its textbooks to MOOC students through edX, hoping it will drive traditional sales.

Gates foundation solicits remedial MOOCs

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The Gates Foundation is ponying up to learn if MOOCs could work for remedial students, a departure from the current slate of MOOCs. Developmental education experts say the idea could work, but others remain skeptical.

First humanities MOOC professors road-test Coursera's peer grading model

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As the first humanities MOOCs hit the ground, professors and students contemplate the limitations of Coursera's peer-grading system.

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