May 11, 2012

What is Missing in MIT, Harvard, Stanford’s Free Online Education

What is missing in MIT, Harvard, and Stanford’s free online education.

EdX, MIT and Harvard Free Online Education

EdX’s stated goal 
EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone

While making courses from top professors available to everyone is indeed a laudable goal. A comment on TechCrunch sums up what is still missing in the “free, online” education efforts by Stanford, Harvard and MIT
When either of them have the guts to give actual university credit to a student who studies online then call me. Lets see Stanford actually educate the thousands of students they don't let in, in a way the students can actually get credit for. Or, is this really just about money, and the fact that you can't get credentials without payment, regardless of what it actually costs to educate someone.

Check Udacity and Khan Academy for someone who is truly trying to make quality education, knowledge available to everyone.

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