100k Sign Up Harvard University’s Free Online Classes

Posted By Urban News Hour | October 15, 2012

Cambridge, Mass.– Harvard University offers free online courses for the first time, and about 100,000 people have signed up to for Harvard’s generosity of having the opportunity of free education.

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

The free courses begin Monday, are computer science and an adaptation of the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatics. They’re part of a joint venture called edX.

“The free courses are part of effort to educate people worldwide and will also help Harvard better understand how people learn”, Says Alan Garber Harvard’s University administrative officer.

Harvard has partnered with the nonprofit edX venture, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Berkeley.

The University of Texas System put up $5 million in following the University of California, Berkeley, in joining EdX. Harvard and MIT, both based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two founding schools each chipped in $30 million to finance the not-for- profit organization, to help meet demand for low-cost college courses. A “modest fee” will be charged for those who want certificates for completing a course in the future, according to a statement on the EdX website

About 155,000 students registered for a free course in Harvard University’s circuits and electronics MIT offered through edX in the spring of 2013. https://www.edx.org/

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