Leading Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) provider edX, created by Harvard and MIT and operating on a fee-free basis, will begin to charge for professional education courses starting next year. So far, five courses have been announced and the fees range from $49 to $1,249.
Until now, the only charge involved was for a verified certificate of completion, and even that was only in some courses.
Anant Agarwal, edX CEO, says that edX is committed to continue offering free courses online. However, he adds, there will be an expansion of fee-paying professional education and subjects which include leadership, IT, business, education, engineering, energy, medicine and big data. Agarwal says that the edX platform will enable its member organizations to offer professional courses much less expensively than through traditional methods and will reach a broader and larger base of learners.
What edX offers its learners is flexible scheduling and timing, courses that will run for only a few weeks or even days. The five professional education courses so far are in cyber-security, energy, sustainability, healthcare, innovation, and laboratory safety.
In the past two years, Ankit Khandelwal, from Kota, Rajasthan, has worked on his international management project. He did not attend a regular business school; instead he used MOOCs and OpenCourseWare (OCW) from schools like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, through the platforms of Coursera and edX.
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