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Harvard Launches Free edX Courses


The anticipation has been growing since May, when Harvard and MIT first introduced edX, an open-source technology platform designed to deliver free online courses. After announcing the first classes in July, Harvard is finally ready to kick the project off. Students will now be able to find the oldest institution of higher learning online [today].
About 100,000 students have registered for Harvard’s first online offerings, according to the Boston Globe, including the ever-popular introductory computer science course CS50, taught by David Malan, and Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research, adapted from the School of Public Health.
Full Text: Harvard Online Courses: edX | BostInno.

Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership

Anant Agarwal

AT the May announcement of edX, the Harvard-M.I.T. partnership that will offer free online courses with a certificate of completion, Susan Hockfield, the president of M.I.T., declared: “Fasten your seat belts.” If anyone was ready for the ride — the $60 million venture aims to reach a billion people — it was Anant Agarwal, the director of M.I.T.’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Mr. Agarwal, named the first president of edX, describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” who first went into business as a child in Mangalore, India, building coops for 40 chickens and selling their eggs. Start-ups still call to him: in 2005-6, he took time off from M.I.T. to create a semiconductor company. And in December, when M.I.T. decided to plunge into the world of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, with a new platform called MITx (now folded into edX), he came forward to teach the first offering, which ran March 5 to June 8 and enrolled over 150,000.
Full Text: Anant Agarwal Discusses Free Online Courses Offered by a Harvard/M.I.T. Partnership. – NYTimes.com.