MITx offers free access to courses also offered at the university; doesn’t lead to an MIT degree, but instead a certificate of completion. It may also suck the air out of online for-profit colleges who have no bricks/mortar presence, nor do they have a reputation for excellent scholarship.
M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All – Forbes
The new online platform [M.I.T.x] will look to build upon the decade-long success of the university’s original free online platform, OpenCourseWare (OCW), which has been used by over 100 million students and contains course material for roughly 2,100 classes. The new M.I.T.x online program will not …