The New York Times reports Harvard and MIT announced today a new not for profit partnership to offer free online courses from both universities, dubbed edX. Each university has committed $30 million to the project. EdX will be governed by a non-profit in Cambridge and, like similar models, courses will offer certificates of completion but no university credit.
“EdX represents a unique opportunity to improve education on our own campuses through online learning, while simultaneously creating a bold new educational path for millions of learners worldwide,” MIT President Susan Hockfield said.
Harvard President Drew Faust said, “edX gives Harvard and MIT an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically extend our collective reach by conducting groundbreaking research into effective education and by extending online access to quality higher education.”
Edx will be based on MIT’s recently established MITx platform and is expected to offer its first 5 courses this coming fall.
“Online education is here to stay, and it’s only going to get better,” said Lawrence S. Bacow, a past president of Tufts who is a member of the Harvard Corporation and a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Read the full story at the New York Times.