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University of Iceland Joins Harvard, MIT in Offering Free Online Courses

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University of Iceland Joins Harvard, MIT in Offering Free Online Courses

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The University of Iceland officially confirms their participation tomorrow in an international network offering free online courses to the public, RÚV reports. Harvard and MIT started the network in 2012, which now offers courses from 700 universities to 58 million students around the world.

The courses are completely free and open to the public. University of Iceland Rector Jón Atli Benediktsson states it is no small achievement to be invited into the largest cooperative online course project for universities worldwide. “There education is being brought to the masses and technology is being used to achieve that,” he states.

The University’s first offering will be a course on Iceland’s medieval history. It is expected to be available in March of next year. Hjalti Snær Ægisson will be the course’s principal instructor. Steinunn Gestsdóttir, Pro-Rector of Academic Affairs and Development at the university, adds that the new courses will not solely consist of lectures on film. “There is an attempt to blend many types of technology. There are recorded lectures, group work, and assignments submitted online,” she states.

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