EDUCATION DIVE: Microsoft to offer MOOCs through edX

Career College Central Summary:

  • Microsoft will serve as the first corporate partner to offer MOOCs through EdX, the nonprofit MOOC collaboration between MIT and Harvard.
  • The free courses, which cover such programs as C#, SQL, TypeScript, Office 365, and Bootstrap, will start at the end of March, and enrollment is open now.
  • EdX expects millions of people around the world to benefit from the partnership with Microsoft, gaining new technical skills to further their IT careers.
  • While the classes are free, students can get specialized credentials upon completion by paying a fee. As employers better figure out how to assess credentials like these, or Mozilla badges become more popular, students may increasingly turn to flexible courses for skill-building, leaving brick-and-mortar schools behind.

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