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Friday, December 01, 2017

This site lets you take Harvard’s most popular computer science class and more courses from top universities for free | Business Insider - Insider Picks

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Connie Chen, reporter on the Insider Picks team notes, "Online learning has made education more accessible than ever, but few platforms make getting a quality education easier or more affordable than the non-profit edX."

One of Harvard's most popular courses, Introduction to Computer Science, is available on edX for free.

edX is a massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded by MIT and Harvard in 2012. By partnering with more than 90 of the world's leading universities, non-profits, NGOs, and corporations, it's able to offer free, high-quality courses across a large range of subjects.
edX's mission is to:
  • Increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere
  • Enhance teaching and learning on campus and online
  • Advance teaching and learning through research
While you can learn anything from programming in java to the science of happiness for free, you can also pay a fee to receive a certificate of completion from each course. Other special programs include the Professional Certificate and MicroMasters Certificate, which are designed to provide specialized training and career advancement opportunities. 

If you're interested in learning more about edX and how it works, keep reading. 

Ivy Leagues, top international universities, small liberal arts colleges, and music and performing arts schools are all represented in edX's impressive roster of institutions.  

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Here are just a handful of names you'll recognize: 

  • MIT
  • Harvard
  • Caltech 
  • Cornell
  • Wellesley
  • Julliard
  • Imperial College London
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • University of Oxford
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Edinburgh 
See a full list of schools and organizations here. You can click on each school to learn more about it and see which edX courses it offers. 

Source: Business Insider

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