Harvard – Teams Up With MIT for Open-Source Platform for Online Education

A joint effort between MIT and Harvard, in which the partnership is called EdX, has plans on providing a platform for innovating new ways of teaching and learning over the Internet, as well as supplying a place for learning new skills online. The goal is to provide a non-profit online education platform that is partnered with other world leading educational institutions and universities (nearly 100 of them). These include the aforementioned two institutions, along with Microsoft, Columbia, and Caltech. They will provide students from practically anywhere in the world to access more than 1,000 certified courses. This will be an open-source platform, which means that educators will also have the opportunity to implement and design their own ways of teaching to their students.

Harvard – Teams Up With MIT for Open-Source Platform for Online Education

Harvard Teams Up With MIT and Other Companies for Open-Source Online Education

This move by Harvard, along with the other institutions and companies, are targeted for individuals who are interested in building up their professional skill sets but are not really interested in going back to college. This delivers a great opportunity as students would then be able to take their classes and practically not pay a single cent. The certificates would then be available for different subjects, which range from introductory to advanced computer science, to various programming language, data science, engineering, and so much more.

There are also covered fields such as that of Data Science and Entrepreneurship from MIT, a series of courses pertaining to HTML5 from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and the Internet of Things from Columbia. For the most popular course on the campus of Harvard and EdX, that would be CS50, which is an introduction towards computer science and programming. Such a course is something that practically any resume can benefit from.

Harvard and MIT’s EdX also offers more than 50 courses from Microsoft, such as subjects found in Excel, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. There are also courses outside the professional realm which include The Science of Everyday Thinking, as well as The Science of Happiness. Do note that these aren’t just what one might mistake them as “self-help courses,” nor are they just pastimes for those who are looking to expand their knowledge about a particular subject. Take one 22-year-old Akshay Kukami, in which he told the following in the EdX blog: “My performance in high school and in the entrance exams to premier institutions was poor. I gained admission into the Computer Science program at a local engineering college. However, I found the classes uninteresting and didn’t learn anything substantially.” He then added, “This course turned my life around. I realized  that not only was I good at programming, but also that I actually loved it.”


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