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      12-21-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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M.I.T. Expands Its Free Online Courses

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While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught.


“There are many people who would love to augment their education by having access to M.I.T. content, people who are very capable to earn a certificate from M.I.T.,” said L. Rafael Reif, the provost, in a conference call with reporters Friday.

M.I.T. led the way to an era of online learning 10 years ago by posting course materials from almost all its classes. Its free OpenCourseWare now includes nearly 2,100 courses and has been used by more than 100 million people.

But the new “M.I.T.x” interactive online learning platform will go further, giving students access to online laboratories, self-assessments and student-to-student discussions.

Mr. Reif and Anant Agarwal, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, said M.I.T.x would start this spring — perhaps with just one course — but would expand to include many more courses, as OpenCourseWare has done.

“The technologies available are much more advanced than when we started OpenCourseWare,” Mr. Agarwal said. “We can provide pedagogical tools to self-assess, self-pace or create an online learning community.”

The M.I.T.x classes, he said, will have online discussions and forums where students can ask questions and, often, have them answered by others in the class.

While access to the software will be free, there will most likely be an “affordable” charge, not yet determined, for a credential.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/ed...tificates.html
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      12-21-2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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Awesome. Thanks for the info.
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      12-21-2011, 01:17 PM   #3
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Nice.. looks like I will be a 3 credit alum of MIT here pretty soon then... lol
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This is going to have to be differentiated from attending MIT credits or it's going to water down the credential of those who have actually matriculated at MIT.
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You're not getting credits, you get a shiny certificate, you can print out.
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Very cool. Thanks!
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