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Top US universities put their reputations online

Top US universities put their reputations online | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A million students are going to begin online courses as major universities promise a "revolution".

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MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning

MIT to develop new Open Learning Enterprise unit for online learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The main instructor who developed the first MITx course, Professor Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been appointed by the Provost to set up a new unit:

‘an Open Learning Enterprise (working title) at MIT, which is charged with developing a robust, open-source technology platform for interactive, pedagogically effective online learning, and working with MIT faculty to create content to be hosted on the platform.

Dr. 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.

MIT will make the open-learning software available free of cost, so that others… can leverage the same software for their online education offerings.

MITx will be coupled with an Institute-wide research initiative into online learning that will study how students, whether on campus or part of a virtual community, learn most effectively.’

 


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What MIT Should Have Done

Ten thousand students have just taken the final exam in MITx's course "6.002x Circuits and Electronics." The sheer size of this course (120,000 first registered back in March), the high-wattage backing of MIT for a certificate of completion to all those who make it through to the end, and the free, open access nature of this MOOC (a "massive open online course") seemingly ushers in a fundamentally new paradigm in higher education. When coupled with the recent headlines about similar ventures such as Coursera, Udacity, and MIT's own new partnership with Harvard to form edX, the policy world has been positively aglow: David Brooks calls it a "campus tsunami"; John Chubb proclaims it an "historic transformation"; Thomas Friedman writes, simply, "welcome to the college education revolution."


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First MITx Course Attracts 90,000 Students, Proving the Popularity of Online Education

First MITx Course Attracts 90,000 Students, Proving the Popularity of Online Education | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When MIT first introduced MITx in December, we knew the courses would be popular. Not only are they free, but they allow anyone to receive an MIT-sanctioned certificate. With the first course launching today, however, we’re seeing just how popular the program is — 90,000 people popular. Coined “6.002x (Circuits and Electronics),” the class first opened in February, already garnering that immense amount of traffic.


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