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Esther Duflo, one of the two superstar MIT economists teaching my Massive Open Online Course on global poverty, is a fast-talking French woman with whom I could barely keep up — especially when the topic was math. Her co-teacher Abhijit Banerjee spoke so painfully slowly it was all I could do to keep from checking Facebook as he paused between thoughts during his lectures. Read more about ABC News | The ABCs of MOOCs: What It's Like to Enroll
Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are revolutionizing the education space, racking up students all over the world in the millions. EdX, a joint venture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University and one of the pioneers of the movement, was set up in May last year with an initial investment of $60 million and has more than a million students for its free courses. Indians constitute the second largest group of students after the US. Read more about live mint | Learn anytime, anywhere and largely for free: Anant Agarwal
Opening Learning. MOOCS, massive open online courses, may change the university and college system for ever. High drop-out rates aren't a cause for concern says Anant Agarwal, who runs one. Read more about The Economist | MOOCs: The fall of the ivory tower?
Anant Agarwal, president of edX, was interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Anant described how edX and its courses increase access to higher education around the world, improve the on-campus experience for students, and provide valuable research that improve educational outcomes. Read more about Colbert Report | edX featured on Colbert Report
The slogan most often associated with MOOCs, or massive open online courses, is "free courses taught by leading professors from the world's top universities." Some find this vision appealing: unshackling knowledge and those who produce it by expanding access to learning to anyone, anywhere (to paraphrase the second most popular slogan associated with MOOCs). Others view this seemingly noble aspiration with increasing alarm. It raises the specter of faculty displacement, or faculty as free agents competing like sports stars, with only a few slots for the best of the best. Read more about Campus Technology | Lifting All Boats: How MOOCs Can Bring Higher Ed Together
Profound transformations have reshaped the higher-education landscape in roughly 50-year intervals. During the early 19th century, the colonial colleges were joined by several hundred more religiously founded institutions. The mid-19th century saw the rise of public colleges, culminating in the Morrill Act of 1862. The turn of the 20th century witnessed the emergence of the modern research university as well as the articulation of the Wisconsin Idea, that public universities should serve the public, as well as the appearance of extension services. Read more about Chronicle of Higher Education | The Future Is Now: 15 Innovations to Watch For
Massive online courses known as MOOCs are opening up elite education opportunities for those who wouldn't otherwise have them. It's more than 11,000 kilometers from Shakargarh, a city in northeastern Pakistan, to the venerated halls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the top universities in the United States. Twenty-five-year-old Khalid Raza lives in Shakargarh but is taking "The Challenges of Global Poverty," a course taught by a former adviser to the World Bank and a professor of international economics at MIT. Read more about The Atlantic | What Happens When People in Pakistan Start Taking MIT Classes?
Anant Agarwal is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and president of edX, a leading provider of massive open online courses, known as Moocs. Read more about Financial Times | edX president predicts an online learning transformation
Students across the globe will now be able to access courses and classroom content developed by IIT Bombay. The institute Tuesday joined the massive open online courses (MOOCs) platform started by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Read more about The Indian Express | IIT-B joins MIT-Harvard's online courses platform
CAMBRIDGE, MA — June 25, 2013 — In a first-of-its-kind initiative in India, edX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, today welcomes the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay to the X University Consortium, expanding its institutional presence into India and bringing the total number of its partner institutions to 28. EdX's platform is used by universities worldwide to develop innovative online, on-campus, and blended teaching and learning models. Read more about edX | edX Expands xConsortium to India with Addition of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay