Dean's Corner - Dennis M. Freeman
Dean for Undergraduate Education
MITx - what is it?
Last month, I blogged on the Stanford experiments in large scale online education. Well now, MIT has announced it's own effort which has the working name "MITx". Through MITx, the Institute will make available some of its curricular materials with embedded assessment and with a worldwide interactive community of learners. This is different from OCW which has no assessment and where the learners do not interact with each ether. If a learner wants certification of what they have learned at MIT, then for a modest fee they can get a credential from MITx. MITx will be established as an open architecture so that other schools can join in if they wish.
This is a bold move for MIT which has attracted considerable attention. It raises many questions that I hope to blog about in the coming months