Online Learning Update

December 26, 2018

EdX’s Struggle for Long-Term Sustainability

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Writing in a blog post on Monday, edX CEO Agarwal announced that after toying with the idea of introducing support fees for previously free content, the company has decided on a way forward that will “strike a balance of moving edX towards financial sustainability while maintaining a robust level of free access.” The plan boils down to two changes: students will no longer be able to audit an individual course free for an unlimited period of time. That period will vary, but is usually around six weeks for most courses, said Adam Medros, president and COO of edX in an interview. Additionally, all graded assessments are now accessible only to students who pay. Students who audit courses at no charge will continue to be able to access ungraded assessments.

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