Harvard And MIT Offer Online Classes Free Leveraging EdX

Hey Distance learners !  Seemingly a manna from academic heaven. Harvard University joins hands with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the announcement of  their new non-profit edX online learning initiative , which will provide impetus to on-campus teaching and, more importantly, make courses from both schools available to people around the world for free.

Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone. With this collaboration, MITx will be a part of EdX.

Beyond just offering Harvard and MIT courses to scores of avid learners worldwide, the two schools plan to build up the open-source MITx platform which itself was only announced at the end of last year. The goal is to make the platform available other to institutions as well, so they too can jump in and offer their own content. It’s still early days for the platform though, so no additional partners have been announced just yet.

No doubt, the online education continues to pick up steams. Recently,Online education startup Coursera announced just weeks ago that their own distance learning platform would soon play host to courses from Princeton, Stanford, UPenn, and the University of Michigan.

 

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