By Lillian Williams
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced that it will launch a new online learning program called “MITx.”
This represents an addition to a growing list of online learning sites designed to offer education free of charge to persons across the world.
According to a press statement, the new MITx offers a learning platform that will:
- “Organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
- feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
- Allow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
- Operate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.”
“MIT expects that this learning platform will enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences,” according to the Dec. 19, 2011, press release. “MIT also expects that MITx will eventually host a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.”
A list of FAQs about the program is available.
Already, MIT offers some lectures online, including those at the school’s Youtube channel.