Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have grown in popularity over the last several years, and Google wants a slice of the action.
Through edX, the two storied institutions will offer courses online for free and develop an open-source software platform tailored for online learning.
College students could save money by renting or buying digital textbooks through Google Play store.
The cost of higher education has seen rapid growth lately, but there are alternatives. Many sites offer excellent coursework for free.
Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing, as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all.
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.
The NBN will change education irrevocably, in the same way that the construction of railroads did so long ago.