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.
More information about MIT and OpenCourseware at
- M.I.T. Expands Free Online Courses, Offering Certificates (nytimes.com)
- MITx is beginning of sweeping new online push (tech.mit.edu)
- Khan and AI: Open Online Courses (elearnspace.org)