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MIT’s new online courses target students worldwide. Next spring, MIT will launch a pilot of MITx online-only courses geared to reach prospective learners everywhere.

MIT’s new online courses target students worldwide

The university said it will open source the underlying technology infrastructure for use by other educational institutions. MITx builds on the near-ubiquity of broadband communications, as well as availability of social networking capabilities that make online interaction for prospective students easier. MITx coursework will incorporate online laboratories and interactive student-to-student communication. The effort is led by MIT provost L. Rafael Reif. Students worldwide are increasingly supplementing their classroom education with a variety of online tools. MITx takes some cues from the university’s existing OpenCourseware effort, which offers free, non-accredited online courses. Given the choice of a certificate from an MIT or other brand-name institution or a degree from a for-profit school, many students might opt for the former.

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