September 17, 2012

Free MIT / Harvard online education at edX

MIT and Harvard announce edX: a transformational new partnership in online education

Study Subject(s): All fields (PLEASE see below)
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Course Provider: edX (MIT, Harvard)
Courses can be taken at: Online (any country)

Course Description (What is edX?)
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new distance-learning experience. It offers online learning to on-campus students and to millions of people around the world. To do so, edX is building an open-source online learning platform and hosts an online web portal at for online education.

Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning — both on-campus and worldwide. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

Who can take edX courses? Will there be an admissions process?
EdX will be available to anyone in the world with an internet connection, and in general, there will not be an admissions process.

Will participating universities’ standards apply to all courses offered on the edX platform?
Yes: the reach changes exponentially, but the rigor remains the same.

Will certificates be awarded?
Yes. Online learners who demonstrate mastery of subjects can earn a certificate of completion. Certificates will be issued by edX under the name of the underlying "X University" from where the course originated, i.e. HarvardX, MITx or BerkeleyX. For the courses in Fall 2012, those certificates will be free. There is a plan to charge a modest fee for certificates in the future

Eligible groups / Number of awards
Who is the learner? Domestic or international? Age range?
We don’t have a target group of potential learners, as the goal is to make these courses available to anyone in the world – from any demographic – who has interest in advancing their own knowledge. The only requirement is to have a computer with an internet connection.

More than 150,000 students from over 160 countries registered for MITx's first course, 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics. The age range of students certified in this course was from 14 to 74 years-old.

Participating Institutions
Video source: MITnews
More than 120 universities from around the world have expressed interest in collaborating with edX since Harvard and MIT announced its creation in May. EdX is focused above all on quality and developing the best non-profit model for online education. In addition to providing online courses on the edX platform, the "X University" Consortium will be a forum in which members can share experiences around online learning.

EdX will actively explore the addition of other institutions from around the world to the edX platform, and we look forward to adding more "X Universities" as capacity increases.

What are "X Universities"?
Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley, as the first universities whose courses are delivered on the edX website, are "X Universities." The three institutions will work collaboratively to establish the "X University" Consortium, whose membership will expand to include additional "X Universities" as soon as possible. Each member of the consortium will offer courses on the edX platform as an "X University." The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.

Fields of study
What will the scope of the online courses be? How many? Which faculty?
Our goal is to offer a wide variety of courses across disciplines. There are currently seven courses offered for Fall 2012.

EdX currently offers HarvardX, MITx and BerkeleyX classes online for free. These institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online students. Along with offering online courses, the three universities undertake research on how students learn and how technology can transform learning – both on-campus and online throughout the world.

Course benefits
How is this different from what other universities are doing online?
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise built upon the shared educational missions of its founding partners, Harvard University and MIT. The edX platform will be available as open source. Also, a primary goal of edX is to improve teaching and learning on campus by experimenting with blended models of learning and by supporting faculty in conducting significant research on how students learn.

Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning — both on-campus and worldwide.

Method of Application
How may I apply to study with edX?
Simply complete the online signup form. Enrolling will create your unique student record in the edX database, allow you to register for classes, and to receive a certificate on successful completion.

On-demand webcast of press conference

We are always seeking feedback to improve our courses. If you are an enrolled student and have any questions, feedback, suggestions, or any other issues specific to a particular class, please post on the discussion forums of that class.

General Inquiries and Feedback:
If you have a general question about edX please email To see if your question has already been answered, visit our FAQ page. You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page. Though we may not have a chance to respond to every email, we take all feedback into consideration.

For more, see our contact page

Course Application Deadline: varies / ongoing
Course Open to International students: Yes

Resource: MITnews - MIT and Harvard announce edX

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    May I know the documents or credentials required to get this scholarship, please. Do I need a WAEC result?, and if I do, what grade do I need?.

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