New Online Courses Give Texas High Schoolers College Credit – For Free

Courses will be free for high school students.

By Hady MawajdehOctober 19, 2015 8:30 am

Do you remember MOOCs? It’s an acronym for Massive Open Online Courses – and just a couple of years ago these online classes were supposed to cause big changes in the world of higher education. Some even predicted that MOOCs would be the end of the traditional college degree.

That hasn’t happened, but it hasn’t stopped universities like Harvard, MIT and now the University of Texas School System, from trying to make online learning more available to people around the globe.

In fact, the UT System has created a new website and set of courses that allows high school students to take college classes for free via a website.

Steve Mintz, executive director of the UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning, joins the Standard to talk about why the program has entered this digital realm of education.