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Two years ago this month, Harvard and MIT launched edX, a non-profit virtual learning platform to educate people across the globe and shed light on how students learn. To date, the joint venture has attracted dozens of partners, from top-tier research universities to international organizations, as well as more than two million users. Yet questions about the efficacy of online courseware, edX’s rapid growth, and the platform’s financial sustainability remain. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | Q & A with Anant Agarwal
MOOC provider eDX will shortly be celebrating its second anniversary with a livestream event on Twitter. Meanwhile a new course on embedded systems that emphasizes their cyber-physical nature of has just begun. Read more about I Programmer | edX At Two and A Course On Cyber-Physical Systems
Remember the El Camino? It was a sedan and a pickup truck all in one. It was “a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday that could carry our pigs to market on Mondays.” But, the El Camino could only fit three people across in the sedan and the cargo space was small. In an attempt to meet the needs of diverse buyers, it ultimately did not meet the needs of any, and was discontinued. Read more about Forbes | The El Camino, MOOCs, And The Third Platform
EdX launches the “Positive Behavior Support for Young Children” course by UWashingtonX. Registrations for the courses are open and the course will start on 10th of June, 2014. It will be of 9 weeks in length. And in just 3-4 hours per week you will learn evidence-based practices to support the social and emotional development of infants and young children. Read more about thisweekbangalore.com | EdX launches “Positive Behavior Support for Young Children” course by UWashingtonX for free!
Baseball’s opening day is behind us, but if you can’t get enough of this spring ritual, you can savor another opening day of sorts May 29, when a baseball-centered class debuts as BU’s first MOOC. Read more about BU Today | Take Me Out to the MOOC Game With online baseball class, BU enters a new era
Docker container virtualization, massive open online courses, 3D printing and running open source software in your car are among the featured topics at the upcoming LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America event. Each of those subjects appears on the list of keynotes for the conference, which the Linux Foundation just announced. Read more about The VAR Guy | Linux Foundation Event to Highlight Docker, 3D Printing, MOOCs
The Student Becomes the Teacher 1.3k 366 5 What MIT learned from a Mongolian teenager who aced a MOOC.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Over the past year, a boy genius from Mongolia has been schooling MIT on how to improve the elite institution’s free online courses. When he was just 15, the Mongolian wunderkind Battushig Myanganbayar earned a perfect score in MIT’s first massive open online course, or MOOC. Read more about Slate | The Student Becomes the Teacher 1.3k 366 5 What MIT learned from a Mongolian teenager who aced a MOOC.
On one recent night, the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series put forth a motion on Columbia University’s campus: “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete.” This is heavily contested territory, as both the setting and the style of the debate reflected. Read more about The New Yorker | Are College Campuses Obsolete?
Two middle-aged professors sit at a table surrounded by shelves full of books. Both a little shy, they urge each other to sing “that song.” Then they agree to sing it together. Read more about Quartz | Harvard is teaching the Chinese their own history
For the second consecutive year, Warren Buffett's sister, Doris, is offering a free online course on getting good value for the money you give away to charities. Her Learning By Giving Foundation and Northwestern University are teaming up to present "Giving With Purpose: How to get the most out of your charitable giving" on EdX's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. EdX is a nonprofit initiative created by Harvard and MIT. Read more about CNBC | Learning to give away money the Buffett way