This is a really cool way to bring post-secondary education to more people via the internet. Harvard and MIT are launching a new initiative built upon MIT’s expertise in online course delivery to launch a new project called edX that’ll give unbridled access to the knowledge in the two acclaimed institutions.
â€œThrough this partnership we will not only make knowledge more available but we will learn more about learning,â€ Harvard President Drew Faust said this morning at a news conference at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. â€œAnyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world can have access.â€
Faust predicted the venture would â€œchange our relationship to knowledge and to teaching for the benefit of our students and students and would-be students everywhere.â€
Standing beside Faust, MIT President Susan Hockfield said: â€œYou can choose to view this era as one of threatening change and unsettling volatility, or you can see it as a moment charged with the most exciting possibilities presented to educators in our lifetimes. Online education is not an enemy of residential education but rather a profoundly liberating and inspiring ally.â€