February 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm #152977
from the Chronicle of Higher Education:
MIT’s new Free Courses May Threaten (and Improve) the Traditional Model, Program’s Leader Says
The recent announcement that Massachusetts Institute of Technology would give certificates around free online course materials has fueled further debate about whether employers may soon welcome new kinds of low-cost credentials. Questions remain about how MIT’s new service will work, and what it means for traditional college programs.
On Monday The Chronicle posed some of those questions to two leaders of the new project: L. Rafael Reif, MIT’s provost, and Anant Agarwal, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. They stressed that the new project, called MITx, will be run separately from the institute’s longstanding effort to put materials from its traditional courses online. That project, called OpenCourseWare, will continue just as before, while MITx will focus on creating new courses designed to be delivered entirely online. All MITx materials will be free, but those who want a certificate after passing a series of online tests will have to pay a “modest fee.”
February 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm #152979
MIT is very insightful of future needs and we as a training company follow their lead. We commend MIT for their free online education, even though it may slightly lower our revenue. Why? Two reasons..
1. Getting society more access to to more education is more important than more profits.
2. It is not MIT threatening the need for traditional college programs, it is market demand resulting in change.
It is just that MIT is leading the way, as they typically do. We offer much free online training following their lead and now should develop free online certificate courses in the near future. I have often said a degree based on years of education is outdated. A degree should be based on knowledge and skill needed, even it that only takes 1 year 3 months. :>) Employers are starting to break out of the degree mindset too and viewing education more realistically. Centuries ago I thought, what? Is it coincidence that it takes the exact amount of time (2 years, 4, 8) to learn what is needed to do every occupation? No, some professions can be learned much quicker and traditional college programs just add filler material the student would never need to make program last the same amount of hours of education. Conforming training material to fit a time slot instead conforming it to fit the profession is not practical.
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