AUSTIN, Texas The University of Texas will soon be offering online classes to students around the world.

The university has announced nine open online classes for the 2013-2014 academic year.

UT has partnered with a program called edX. It's a nonprofit computer platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in May 2012 that lets universities offer interactive classes.

These courses, which will be designed and taught by UT 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 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.

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