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Harvard and MIT create free courses ‘edX’ online

Two of America’s most prestigious universities are offering free online courses to anyone in the world, providing they have an internet connection.

Harvard University has teamed up with Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) in an “historic” partnership to launch the online education centre “edX“. The project, which launches this autumn, aims to offer education on a mass scale.

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, called the initiative a “revolution”.

“There is a revolution dawning in Boston and beyond. This revolution has to do with the pen and the mouse. It’s unbelievable. We will have students around the world all collaborating and working together.”

Agarwal, who dubbed the partnership the “next big thing”, says edX will be available to anyone with an Internet connection and is currently absolutely free.

“Our goal is to educate 1bn people around the world,” he added. “We’re giving education on a mass scale and we’re really excited.”

Harvard’s president Drew Faust appeared equally enthusiastic about the project, telling the conference, which marked the launch, that edX would “shape the world”.

“Today’s announcement brings the possibility of transformation through education to the world. edX gives Harvard and MIT an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically extend our collective reach by conducting ground breaking research into effective education and by extending online access to quality higher education.”

The jointly-owned organisation is currently not-for-profit but the setup poses the question as to how the universities will justify charging their current students tuition fees when the world and his wife can get their education free of charge.

Harvard and MIT have ploughed $60m into launching the collaboration. A range of courses will be made available which will include video lessons, embedded quizzes and online labs. There will also be opportunities to engage with classmates and the course instructor.

More than a million students will be taking part in the experiment – which certainly looks set to fill edX’s ambitions and “revolutionise” the world of education.

Daphne Koller, co-founder of the project, says the development of online courses will raise difficult questions.

“This is causing universities to rethink their value to students,” she said.

“The universities in the middle will really have to think about their proposition.”

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  • Charles Inegbeniki

    A laudable feat to educate the world. I am indeed interested in masters. More power to their elbow. 

  • Shobiyedavid

    We need full details on how to Register and other information as concern?
     

  • Shobiye David

     We need full details on how to Register and other information as concern?

  • Dennis Kadiri

    I am interested please. How do i register as student? Also, is there room for PHD level.

  • Painislove_soj

    please kindly update how i can go about this program

  • Alice odibo

     This is would be a laudable project if it would be followed through in practice and not in principle. We also hope there would not be hidden charges like payment for certain study materials. However, we would need the details.

  • Williams

    Kindly update how we can go about it.

  • Emeka

    Please how I get on board? I just can’t wait to start.

  • Ochukoevwiehor

    How do we go about this?

  • Theresa

    How do l go about it am intrested.

  • Henrymbanaso

    I will love to join  d programm

  • Josephmekaron

    pls. keep me posted when the program started

  • http://www.facebook.com/maduforo.mesirionye Maduforo Mesirionye

    A laudable gesture. Please, kindly consider me for this program in due course.

  • Gabtore

    I am interested i do i consider myself a student of these program, please keep me posted.

  • Gabtore

    I am interested how do i consider myself a student of these program, please keep me posted

  • eddi tony

    pls i will like to be part of this unic type of education,can u people keep me posted when the cos will start,im highly intrested

  • Angry Nigerian

    To all the people saying keep me posted, have you heard of the thing called “Google”?
    I guess there will be no need for WAEC or JAMB again then. I hope they will award a diploma/Certificate at the completion.

  • http://www.nauticed.org Grant Headifen

    As an e-educator in a traditionally non e-education industry (sailing) this is very exciting news. 

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