Online Learning Update

December 24, 2011

MITx: MIT Starts Online Learning Classes

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by JUSTIN POPE, Associated Press

Think you can hack it at MIT? If so, the world-renowned university is willing to give you a new kind of credential to prove it. Not a full-fledged diploma – that’s still a possibility only for the 10,000 or so students admitted to its Cambridge, Mass., campus. But on Monday, MIT is announcing that for the first time it will offer credentials – under the name “MITx” – to students who complete the online version of certain courses, starting with a pilot program this spring. “This is not MIT light. This is not an easier version of MIT,” said Provost L. Rafael Reif. “An MITx learner, anywhere they are, for them to earn a credential they have to demonstrate mastery of the subject just like an MIT student does.”

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