Founded by MIT and Harvard University in May 2012, EdX is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the horizons of higher education into the online realm.

EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations.

About EdX Courses

Topics from the over 300 courses include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

Courses range in length and requirements, but all of that information can be found on the EdX website on the individual course pages. Some courses have a specific start date but others can begin anytime, anywhere. Lectures and assignments are available 24 hours a day, so you can log in and complete your work at your leisure.

On each course description page, you will find out an estimated effort ranking, telling you how much work is expected each week for you to complete the course. They also list user reviews to help you choose which course is right for you.

Like most MOOC providers, EdX has online forums available so you can chat with your fellow classmates. They even have Meetups on the popular site Meetup.com for learners that want to go beyond their computer screen.

Almost all EdX courses are free to take. You can earn an Honor Code Certificate this way, or you can pay a minimal fee and earn Verified Certification from EdX. There is also an XSeries Program, in which you take a series of courses from a specific institution and you earn XSeries Certification.

Beyond the founding schools of MIT and Harvard, there are now numerous other schools partnered with EdX including Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Dartmouth, Cornell and Columbia.

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