MIT launching certificate program based on OpenCourseWare, open source platform

John Timmer MIT launching certificate program based on OpenCourseWare, open source platform

A decade after MIT began to put its teaching materials and lectures online via the OpenCourseWare platform, the university has announced that it will leverage these materials to provide an online certification program, currently termed MITx. Although these certificates won’t have the same weight as an MIT degree, they will indicate mastery of specific subject areas. The whole system will be built on top of an open-source software platform, which may enable other universities to follow in MIT’s footsteps.

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