HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: MIT Will Offer Certificates To Outside Students Who Take Its Courses Online. “Millions of learners have enjoyed the free lecture videos and other course materials published online through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s OpenCourseWare project. Now MIT plans to release a fresh batch of open online courses—and, for the first time, to offer certificates to outside students who complete them. The credentials are part of a new, interactive e-learning venture, tentatively called MITx, that is expected to host ‘a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.'”