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MIT profs wait to teach you, for free

Daily News and Analysis 1 Oct 2012 By Kanchan Srivastava
Ashwith Rego, 24, an Electronics and Communications engineer from Mangalore, quit his job to prepare for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to pursue an MTech. He enrolled with EdX, a free online education portal launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University early this year. Thrilled that he could do a 6.002X (Circuits and Electronics) course by an MIT professor while sitting at home, Ashwith says, “The lectures consisted of short video snippets with exercise problems in between. Theory, experiments and the discussion forum all helped me understand and apply what I was taught.” Read more about Daily News and Analysis | MIT profs wait to teach you, for free

5 Ways That edX Could Change Education

The Chronicle 1 Oct 2012 By Marc Parry
Since MIT and Harvard started edX, their joint experiment with free online courses, the venture has attracted enormous attention for opening the ivory tower to the world. But in the process, the world will become part of an expensive and ambitious experiment testing some of the most interesting—and difficult—questions in digital education. Can community-college students benefit from a new form of hybrid learning, based on a mix of local instruction and edX content? Can colleges tap alumni as teaching volunteers? Can labs be reinvented in the style of online video games? Read more about The Chronicle | 5 Ways That edX Could Change Education