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August 23, 2013

MOOC Momentum

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by Harvard Magazine

HarvardX announced fall online courses on the edX platform in fields spanning Chinese history, neuroscience, and poetry (see “HarvardX Announces Fall Courses”). Meanwhile, edX formed its first partnership in India, as the Indian Institute of Technology became an affiliate. In an interview with The Financial Times, edX president Anant Agarwal predicted a purely online degree offering by a partner university within less than one year. Coursera, the for-profit company offering a wide array of massive open online courses (MOOCs), raised $43 million in a second round of financing, from new investors including a World Bank affiliate; that brings its capitalization to $65 million. According to news reports, Coursera aims to expand international outreach (in part by translating materials and developing mobile-device courses for students in Africa and elsewhere who lack computers); open its platform to third-party developers (edX is open-source); and double its staff to approximately 100 (on a trajectory parallel to edX’s reported plans).

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