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December 21, 2011 AT 12:00 am

MIT launches online learning initiative

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MIT launches online learning initiative – MIT News Office. ‘MITx’ will offer courses online and make online learning tools freely available.

MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will:

  • organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
  • feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
  • allow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
  • operate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.

MIT expects that this learning platform will enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences. MIT also expects that MITx will eventually host a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.


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1 Comment

  1. I’ve used MIT’s Open Courseware in the past and this appears different because MITx offers a certificate of completion.

    According to their FAQ http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/mitx-faq-1219.html:

    Q:Who can take courses on MITx? Will there be an admission process?

    A:As with OCW, the teaching materials on MITx will be available to anyone in the world for free, and in general, there will not be an admission process. However, credentials will be granted only to students who earn them by demonstrating mastery of the material of a subject.

    Q:In MITx, what will be free and what will cost money?

    A:All of the teaching on the platform will be free of charge. Those who have the ability and motivation to demonstrate mastery of content can receive a credential for a modest fee.

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