Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Anant Agarwal has been named director of a new unit of MIT created to advance the school’s online-learning initiative. Agarwal will soon step down as director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to devote himself more fully to the online learning unit with the working title Open Learning Enterprise. He will continue to lead CSAIL until a successor is identified by Ian Waitz, dean of the school of engineering.
"The development of the capabilities needed to make MITx a reality will require substantial ongoing effort," MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif said. "Professor Agarwal's initial goals are the rapid organization of the enterprise, the rapid development of a technology platform for online courses and the development of high-quality MITx subjects.