MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT accelerates the online course arms race among elite universities.  Starting in spring 2012, students who participate in MIT’s free online courses will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion from MIT:

Millions of learners have enjoyed the free lecture videos and other course materials published online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s OpenCourseWare project. Now MIT plans to release a fresh batch of open online courses—and, for the first time, to offer certificates to outside students who complete them.

MIT has long been the leaders in the open-education movement as one of the first universities to offer *all* of its course materials online a decade ago as part of its OpenCourseware (OCW) initiative.  MIT is upping the ante and affirming its belief in the value of OCW by granting certificates to participants in a select (and growing) cohort of online courses.

via MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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