I just signed up for a free online course at MIT in programming. You can too, unless you would prefer a course from Harvard or Berkley. Through a nonprofit partnership called edX, select courses are available to anyone in the world to take. Although the courses are not for credit, students who pass the course will receive a certificate of completion from the school. Everything is available online, including the books.
They have a range of classes, from Artificial Intelligence to Statistics that students can take. The courses are taught by award winning professors, and feature video and interactive components.
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. EdX’s goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.
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