Harvard and M.I.T. committed $30 million each to a joint online education partnership last week in which both universities will offer free courses online.
Called "edX" and set to launch this fall, the partnership's goal is to offer campus-based learning through the Internet in order to build a global community of online learners.
Anyone in the world can take these courses, although credentials will be granted only to students who earn them by demonstrating a mastery of the material of a subject.
Today on Starting Point, CNN education contributor Steve Perry explains why he thinks that the "edX" program is "revolutionary."