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May 18, 2012

Are Harvard and MIT pioneers on the frontier of online learning?

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 12:20 am

By Navneet Johal, Ovum

Aiming to benefit campus-based education and more, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced an online learning partnership. The $60m ($30m each) open source platform edX will host online courses from both institutions free of charge, and has the potential to enhance campus-based teaching and learning, and give students worldwide a path to high-quality education. As the higher education sector continues to experience unpredictable change, this partnership is an exciting development; it not only builds upon these institutions’ experience by offering online instructional content, but also takes advantage of established and emerging technology. However, Ovum believes that what is of most significance is Harvard and MIT taking steps to establish a new and more accessible education model, and their interest in researching how technology can facilitate pedagogy.

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