A fascinating article on the BBC talks about the co-operation between MIT and Harvard to launch edX, a platform for delivering courses online.
To put this into perspective, the first online course MITx (the prototype platform) delivered earlier this year had, and I quote, “more students than the entire number of living students who have graduated from the university”.
Did I mention this is currently free of charge? This raises some interesting questions. On the one hand here are two major institutions offering a subsidised programme but on the other, their campus-based studies will cost you over £30k a year. Of course, you’ll not get a degree for doing an online course, even though they’re said to be as rigorous as the real thing, but you will get a certificate of mastery.
Regardless of the politics, it’ll be interesting to see how their online teaching practices deliver in terms of engagement, interaction and quality of resources.