by Carl Straumsheim
Image is of Anant Agarwal
"Anant Agarwal has quit cold turkey -- coffee, that is. But the president of edX, the massive open online course provider co-founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is as energetic about MOOCs as ever, despite almost daily calls from traditionalists for the death of his product.
"Some of that energy was on display here on Friday, when Agarwal headlined the morning keynote at the Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. He called his platform a “particle accelerator for learning,” demonstrated an online lab session calculating how to cook a steak and brushed away complaints about the completion rate of MOOCs.
"And the day before he took the stage, MIT released a preliminary report on the future of institution, naming edX a key component of its strategy."
Jim Lerman's insight:
This article highlights some of the key diffrences between edX's business strategy and that of Coursera and Udacity; chief among them being the heavy pressure upon the latter 2 companies to turn a profit quickly.