Wellesley College Joins edX Effort for Free Online Courses

The women’s college in Massachusetts is the first liberal-arts institution to join edX, the consortium offering free online courses that was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The group’s other partners include the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas system, which joined in October.

Anant Agarwal, president of edX and a professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the addition of Wellesley College continues the group’s forays into new territory. Last month, edX announced it had teamed up with Bunker Hill and MassBay community colleges to offer online courses in computer science.

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