Harvard and MIT are providing on-line courses free to students around the world and based on MIT’s experience with demand for this type of education things ought to be looking pretty good.
Harvard’s involvement follows M.I.T.’s announcement in December that it was starting an open online learning project to be known as MITx. Its first course, Circuits and Electronics, began in March, enrolling about 120,000 students,
Except of those 120,000 students not all made it to the mid term
some 10,000 of whom made it through the recent midterm exam.
Okay, though, maybe free on line courses will ultimately lead to free or low cost college education.
But Harvard and M.I.T. are not the only elite universities planning to offer a wide array of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, as they are known. This month, Stanford, Princeton, the
of Pennsylvania and the announced their partnership
with a new for-profit company, Coursera, with $16 million in venture
capital. University of Michigan
But what is more likely is that these schools will find a way to make big bucks from the idea.