Harvard and MIT Create EDX to Offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Worldwide

It all started early last fall. Sebastian Thrun went a little rogue (oh the audacity!) and started offering free online courses under Stanford’s banner to mass audiences, with each course promising a “statement of accomplishment” at the end. Hundreds of thousands of students signed up, and universities everywhere took notice.

Since then we have witnessed universities and startups scrambling fairly madly to create their own MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), hoping to gain a foothold in a new area that could eventually disrupt education in a major way. In December, MIT announced the creation of MITx, promising free courses and a “certificate of completion” to students worldwide. Sebastian Thrun left Stanford to create Udacity, and another Stanford spinoff, Coursera, gained instant traction when it announced in April that it had raised $16 million in venture capital and signed partnerships with Princeton, Penn and U Michigan.

Now comes the latest news. MIT has teamed up with its Cambridge neighbor, Harvard, to create a new non profit venture, EDX. To date, Harvard has barely dabbled in open education. But it’s now throwing $30 million behind EDX (M.I.T. will do the same), and together they will offer free digital courses worldwide, with students receiving the obligatory certificate of mastery at the end. The EDX platform will be open source, meaning it will be open to other universities. Whether EDX will replace MITx, or sit uncomfortably beside it, we’re not entirely sure (though it looks like it’s the former).

Classes will begin next fall. And when they do, we’ll let you know … and, of course, we’ll add them to our massive collection of 450 Free Online Courses.

For more information, you can watch the EDX press conference here and read an FAQ here.

via The Harvard Crimson and MIT News

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  1. Tanner Christensen says . . . | May 2, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    The education landscape is changing, just as the music, film, writing, and almost every other has (or currently is).

    I wonder if more educational institutions will hop on the wagon faster than the recording industry. More than that, though, I wonder what Sir Ken Robinson would say about this initiative.

  2. M.Hayes says . . . | May 4, 2012 / 5:53 am

    Has anyone noticed the major Ego \ Resentment within the education world and from 4 6 or 8 year degree holders against Career Driven Courses, that actually earn a degree, without the years of “worthless” (and I use worthless very loosely) education before you learn what the real world is NOT like, usually attached to them? I would like to know everyone’s thinking on this. CEO’s and Business Owner’s would you rather hire a “grad-student” or a career-oriented degree holder?

  3. Margine says . . . | June 24, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Does anyone know what are the courses or can someone give the links? I want to know what are the courses and when they start and so forth.

  4. Helmuts says . . . | June 28, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    wow, tx for the information.

    I have signed up for “Introduction to Databases”

    still – there is no information when exactly this course will start although a lot of information is available right now.

    thank you for this information,
    Helmuts
    Outlived Classifieds

  5. Aremu says . . . | August 30, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    How do i start the application process.
    Thanks

  6. Datta says . . . | April 1, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Does anyone explian about the process..

  7. Denys says . . . | April 6, 2013 / 4:40 am

    Hi
    Good site .But we want also logistics courses
    Thanks

  8. Gurjender singh says . . . | December 11, 2013 / 11:39 pm

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  9. Nimal says . . . | January 26, 2014 / 5:27 am

    I wish to follow your courses for get a degree from you

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