Thursday, May 3, 2012

MIT and Harvard team up on edX to put classes online for free


MIT and Harvard are teaming up on edX to offer free, online, interactive courses. edX will have online discussion groups, collaborative course wikis and other interactive tools to take it beyond just watching a video. Students who compete courses will get a certificate from edX.

About edX

EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online 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.
MIT’s Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Anant Agarwal serves as the first president of edX, and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith leads faculty in developing courses. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can facilitate teaching—both on-campus and online.

An open-source online learning platform that will feature teaching designed specifically for the web. Features will include: self-paced learning, online discussion groups, wiki-based collaborative learning, assessment of learning as a student progresses through a course, and online laboratories. The platform will also serve as a laboratory from which data will be gathered to better understand how students learn. Because it is open source, the platform will be continuously improved.

edX will be run on an open-source learning platform with self-paced learning, discussions groups, wiki's, learning assessments and online labs.

More information will be coming in the future, including course offerings.


MIT to Offer Certificates to Students taking free online courses


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