Image:  2U and edX, major players in slightly different corners of the online learning market, announced Tuesday that they would join forces. The merger of 2U, a publicly traded online program management company, and edX, a nonprofit online course provider, surprised just about everyone who follows online learning yet left many observers conceding the logic of this partnership. Joining forces will give 2U access to edX’s cache of students and high-traffic website, which will...

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