Beginning fall 2013, anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world will be able to take classes at Wellesley College. This morning, the College announced WellesleyX, the newest member of the Harvard-MIT online learning collaborative edX (www.edx.org).
President Kim Bottomly called EdX "a new approach to undergraduate education," and Provost and Dean of the College Andrew Shennan likened edX's goals to Wellesley’s founding mission “to educate women who otherwise would not have had opportunities to receive higher education.”
Most of the massive online open courses, known as MOOCs, that are currently available through edX are computer science or chemistry courses. Wellesley will add four liberal arts courses (which are yet to be determined) to edX's fall 2013 offerings.