Online Learning Update

December 22, 2011

MIT Expands ‘Open’ Courses, Adds Completion Certificates

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Inside Higher Ed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology — which pioneered the idea of making course materials free online — today announced a major expansion of the idea, with the creation of MITx, which will provide for interaction among students, assessment and the awarding of certificates of completion to students who have no connection to MIT.MIT is also starting a major initiative — led by Provost L. Rafael Reif — to study online teaching and learning. The first course through MITx is expected this spring. While the institute will not charge for the courses, it will charge what it calls “a modest fee” for the assessment that would lead to a credential. The credential will be awarded by MITx and will not constitute MIT credit. The university also plans to continue MIT OpenCourseWare, the program through which it makes course materials available online.

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