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CAMBRIDGE - Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will team up on a $60 million initiative to offer free online, college-level courses under a joint superbrand known as edX, the universities said Wednesday.

 

The Harvard-MIT move - an altruistic giveaway, a potential research bonanza, and an audacious bet on the future of higher education all in one - instantly made the schools preeminent players in the burgeoning worldwide online education sector. The venture joins several major start-ups in recent months across the country.

Source: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/05/02/harvard-mit-partner-million-initiative-offer-free-online-classes-all/cejIeF0GFEB705YzK6urnI/story.html

 

My take: Very nice to hear about this, definitely a good step in the right direction. Harvard has video recordings of some of their courses on their YouTube channel, I watched their Justice course a few months back. Good to see they're helping out the community in such a positive way. From what I read, this is basically a research opportunity for them while giving anybody with internet access a chance at technological education for free. Didn't read up on registration process or any requirements yet, but I will when I fully read the article in the morning.

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I remember hearing about this a while ago.

I think it was just the opportunity to give out classes but you don't earn credits on them. Basically it's like those teach yourself websites only with tenured professors.
     
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So if I take some courses through this I can say I went to Harvard and MIT? tongue.gif
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So if I take some courses through this I can say I went to Harvard and MIT? tongue.gif

No since you don't actually get free classes, it's like Khan Academy but with Harvard and MIT teachers from what I read.

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So if I take some courses through this I can say I went to Harvard and MIT? tongue.gif

As much as anyone can go to Harvard and MIT while in Boston. wink.gif
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No since you don't actually get free classes, it's like Khan Academy but with Harvard and MIT teachers from what I read.

Can't wait to see how well this turns out, after seeing how great Khan Academy, Udacity, and Codecademy turned out.
Edited by HybridCore - 5/4/12 at 6:37pm
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No since you don't actually get free classes, it's like Khan Academy but with Harvard and MIT teachers from what I read.

Can't wait to see how well this turns out, after seeing how great Khan Academy, Khan Academy, and Codecademy turned out.

You can't leave out thenewboston, amazing.

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Hopefully more stuff on comp-sci from MIT
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Wow, I'm definitely going to take advantage of this. I need some smarts!
    
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Too bad you have to pay thousands for your learnings to count frown.gif Lol, take the class for free. Get a paper that proves it for around $100K. LOL
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