Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | December 19, 2011

M.I.T. Expands Its Free Online Courses

From  The NYT, December 19, 2011 (by Tamar Lewin):

While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught. [...]

While access to the software will be free, there will most likely be an “affordable” charge, not yet determined, for a credential. [...]

The certificate will not be a regular M.I.T. degree, but rather a credential bearing the name of a new not-for-profit body to be created within M.I.T; revenues from the credentialing, officials said, would go to support the M.I.T.x platform and to further M.I.T’s mission.

[With thanks to muriel]

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