Online Learning Update

May 31, 2012

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Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By HANA N. ROUSE and JUSTIN C. WORLAND, Harvard Crimson

Students who may be skeptical about the academic merits of taking courses online would likely have some of their anxieties alleviated by the power of the institutions behind edX. “By calling it HarvardX or MITx, you’re saying that this will be close to the experience of taking a course at MIT,” said Anant Agarwal, an MIT professor who will serve as the first president of edX. “They include all the qualities, the difficulty levels, the pedagogy, and all the idiosyncrasies of what makes a quintessential Harvard course or an MIT course.” Agarwal expects a wide range of people to enroll in edX courses, from high school students looking for an alternative to Advanced Placement credit to adults hoping to further their education to college students aiming to bolster their learning experience. “It really gives the opportunity to democratize our education and make it available as a public good,” Agarwal said.

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