Local online learning nonprofit edX is now powering professional education. A new online course surfaced Thursday, representing what will become the first in a line of professional programs called Online X — all to be delivered globally through the MIT- and Harvard-founded initiative, courtesy of MIT Professional Education.

The four-week course, called Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, is being offered through MIT Professional Education, the arm of MIT providing a gateway to lifelong learning for science, engineering and technology professionals worldwide. Through the course, companies will have the ability to offer training and education to employees on big data, a field ripe for innovation that executives can tap into to make better decisions.

The class, set to start on March 4, 2014, is being taught by 12 faculty experts from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Science Laboratory, and will touch upon a variety of topics, ranging from data collection, storage and processing to analytics and visualization. Upon completion of the $495 course, participants will receive an MIT Professional Education certificate of completion and access to MIT Professional Education’s growing alumni network.

“Big data technologies will help us better understand and improve the world around us,” said MIT Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL and co-director of the online course, in a statement. “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data will provide a one-of-a-kind learning experience for professionals looking to learn about the tools and skills they need to solve their big data problems.”

Enrollment for the course is now open. For more on the importance of big data and the accompanying Online X course, check out the video below.