spring of 2012, Anant Agarwal, a professor of computer science at MIT, taught a
course called “Circuits and Electronics.” As usual, it was MIT-level
challenging, requiring knowledge of differential equations and calculus. Unlike
in the past, though, the course enrolled 155,000 students from 162 countries
around the world.
It was the inaugural offering of what is now edX , an online learning
venture of MIT and Harvard, which Agarwal helms. Through this non-profit -- one
of the leading forces of the massive open online course (MOOC) movement --
Agarwal aims to make higher education globally available, for free.
Which does not preclude in-person education. On campus, Agarwal is pushing for
what he calls blended courses, which interweave digital content and
face-to-face interactions. "I see online learning as a rising tide that
will lift all boats,” Agarwal says.
holds the Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and
was named one of Forbes' top education innovators in 2012.
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