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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U.S. debate series put forth a motion on Columbia University’s campus: “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete.”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
The Graduate School of Education launched its first course through the online education platform HarvardX on Tuesday. The new course—GSE1x: “Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement”—will focus on helping people achieve their personal goals through online videos, interactive elements, and forums. Read more about The Harvard Crimson | Ed School Launches Self-Help Course on HarvardX
EdX has hired ex-Vistaprint executive Wendy Cebula as its president and COO. The nonprofit online learning platform has grown tremendously in two years and it's time to beef up the management team, according to Anant Agarwal, who has been serving as EdX's president and now will become its CEO. Read more about Boston Business Journal | Anant Agarwal on the future of EdX and a key new hire
Former Vistaprint executive brings proven ability to drive and manage high-growth enterprises from early stage to significant global scale Cambridge, MA – March 24, 2014 – EdX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, today announced the appointment of Wendy Cebula as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Ms. Cebula will assume the day-to-day management and oversight of the nonprofit’s operations, while current president Anant Agarwal will become edX’s CEO, focusing on its strategic direction, growth and partnerships. Read more about edX | EdX Appoints Wendy Cebula as President and COO
Who doesn’t want Ivy League education? But, in a country like India where demand for quality education far exceeds the supply, there are neither enough slots for qualified students nor adequate financial aid. Read more about The Hindu Business Line | India hops onto MOOC bandwagon
"Massive Online Open Courses," abbreviated "MOOCs," are being hailed as a potentially revolutionary development in education. Is the Arab World about to miss out? So far, there's only one such course offered in Arabic — and it's taught by Israel's Technion. Read more about Foreign Policy | Transitions How Do You Say 'MOOC' in Arabic?
Massive open online courses, or Moocs, have promised to throw open access to university-level content. By offering online courses on demand and without charge, Moocs give students anywhere in the world the chance to learn irrespective of their circumstances – so long as they have an internet connection. Read more about Financial Times | Moocs: Young students from developing countries are still in the minority
Earlier this week, The Linux Foundation announced that it would be working with edX, a non-profit online learning site governed by Harvard and MIT, to make its “Introduction to Linux” course free and open to all. Read more about Arstechnica | $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course will be free and online this summer