edX begins testing a paywall

MOOC provider edX will be moving away from its current model of offering almost everything free. The nonprofit announced last month that the decision was intended to help it and its partners “achieve sustainability.” The first charge to be introduced is a “modest” support fee, according to a blog post on the change. The massive open online course operation will continue its practice of charging for a “verified certificate,” made available to students who successfully complete their course within the deadline. Though, as CEO Anant Agarwal added in his post, financial assistance will continue to be “abundant and easily accessible for learners who need it.”

EdX has been struggling to figure out how to support its work ever since Harvard University and MIT first opened it for learning in 2012. Both institutions kickstarted the initiative with initial investments of $30 million each. That was supplemented shortly afterward by fees paid by other universities, either for edX-supported MOOCs or for courses self-hosted on edX’s open source version of the platform.

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