MIT announces new online learning initiative

December 19, 2011

For the first time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will offer certificates to outside students who complete the institution's open online courses. The credentials are part of a new online learning initiative called MITx. The initiative will give anyone free access to an online-course platform. Users of MITx will include students on the MIT campus, as well as external learners like high school students and engineering majors at other institutions. The users will watch videos, answer questions, visit online labs, and take quizzes and tests. They will also connect with others working on the material. The initiative builds on MIT's OpenCourseWare, a free online publication of nearly all of the institution's undergraduate and graduate course materials. Now in its tenth year, OpenCourseWare includes nearly 2,100 courses and has been used by over 100 million people. MIT News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)