This agreement represents another small step in the gradual shift from traditional colleges and universities and toward commercial education providers. It's not all bad, so long as it all remains free and open, so there is room to mix and match programs, and room for discussion and criticism of corporate resources. But of course, it won't remain free and open. This particular two-part course in Google search costs more than $US 350. When edX says it is "committed to democratizing education and making it easier to gain key 21st century skills," I just laugh. Here's the same course - with the same instructor - for free from Google. Here's a free advanced search course for developers, also for free. And a few more, listed by Alison.