Harvard Business School launches online education program

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Harvard Business School plans to unveil on Friday its first venture into online education, a three-course primer on business fundamentals aimed at undergraduate students enrolled at other institutions.

The new program, HBX, is inspired by popular online learning platforms, like the nonprofit Khan Academy, opened in 2006, and edX, launched two years ago by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Unlike those programs, however, HBX will not be a so-called MOOC — a massive open online course that anyone with an Internet connection can join. Prospective students must apply for admission and must be pursuing at least a four-year degree.

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