but rather a profoundly liberating and inspiring ally."
- Susan Hockfield, MIT President
2 Universities - 1 Vision
MIT and Harvard will be expanding "intellectual reach" and using research data as a means to improve both on-line and "traditional" classes. According to the MIT announcement with a Q&A:
Is there anything innovative about the online technology?
Yes. It will move beyond the standard model of online education that relies on watching video content and will offer an interactive experience for students. And the technology will be open-source; other universities will be able to leverage the innovative technology to create their own online offerings.
Why are MIT and Harvard doing this?
To improve education on campus and around the world:
On campus, edX research will enhance our understanding of how students learn and how technologies can best be used as part of our larger efforts to improve teaching and learning.
Beyond our campuses, edX will expand access to education, allow for certificates of mastery to be earned by able learners, and make the open-source platform available to other institutions.
2 Universities - 1 Vision video clip via MIT: