Harvard, MIT partner on MOOC initiative

May 3, 2012

Harvard University and MIT announced Wednesday a new non-profit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both institutions. Harvard's involvement follows MIT's announcement in December that it was launching MITx, an open online learning project. Expected to offer its first 5 courses this fall, edX will be overseen by a non-profit organization governed equally by Harvard and MIT, each of which has pledged $30 million toward the initiative. The institutions are not the only elite universities in the US planning to offer free massively open online courses (MOOCs). At least 5 universities, including Princeton and Stanford, have partnered with a new company, Coursera, with $16 million in venture capital. Meanwhile, a former Stanford computer science professor has attracted over 200,000 students to the 6 courses offered at his company, Udacity. New York Times