Massachusetts' Wellesley College Joins edX to Offer Free Online Classes

By Catherine Groux
Posted December 06, 2012 12:00 PM

Wellesley College joins edX to offer MOOCs.
Wellesley College joins edX to offer MOOCs.
Wellesley College, a women's liberal arts institution in Massachusetts, recently announced that it has joined edX, an online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May, a press release states. In doing so, Wellesley has become the first liberal arts school to join edX, as well as the first women's college to offer massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

The women's college will offer four MOOCs through edX beginning in the fall of 2013. According to edX's website, these courses will be of the same quality and rigor as those offered on the school's campus. In this way, edX believes Wellesley is positively changing the future of online education.

"Wellesley’s commitment to educating women to be leaders in their fields, their communities and the world provides a unique opportunity for edX learners who come from virtually every nation around the world," edX's website states. "Women who have had limited access to education, regardless of where they live, will have access to the best courses, taught by the best faculty, from the best women’s college in the world. The potential for a life-changing educational experience for women has never been as great."

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