MIT to offer its first professional MOOC in big data

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been involved in online education since the early days, and now it’s taking it a step further. Yesterday, the college announced its first online, professional-leaning Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), entitled “Tackling the Challenge of Big Data.”

Led by a dozen faculty from the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the School of Engineering, the four-week course starts at the beginning of March and is directed specifically at technical professionals and executives — not academic-types. The course is the first in a new set of courses offered by the university called Online X, which offers professional classes through the edX platform.

One important thing, though: these classes may be open, but they don’t come cheap. Participating in the course will run users $495 — far from the free price tags of many MOOCs available. But it’s likely that extra cost…

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