Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have grown in popularity over the last several years, and Google wants a slice of the action.
College students could save money by renting or buying digital textbooks through Google Play store.
Through edX, the two storied institutions will offer courses online for free and develop an open-source software platform tailored for online learning.
The cost of higher education has seen rapid growth lately, but there are alternatives. Many sites offer excellent coursework for free.
Online learning startup hopes partnership will improve the quality of the education as well as increasing access and graduation rates.
Andreessen Horowitz is leading a new investment in this change-the-world kind of company, which is run by a man who's already done world-changing things.