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May 7th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

Harvard and M.I.T. team up to offer free online courses

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."

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  1. Jaspal Singh

    A university is a place for production of new knowledge, and its distribution. Knowledge is exploding these days. Free online education is a good way of taking us from darkness unto light. Harvard, MIT and other institutions deserve to be heartily congratulated for taking such a step. Obama won his last election with a promise for social change. Education is an agent of change. The best professors in USA got their education in European universities. Now they are doing for the entire world what Europe had done for them. This is a visionary ;png term investment for economic development and social change in a globalised world. Congratulations!

    May 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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