EdX CEO to discuss MOOCs

May 20, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Center for Online Innovation in Learning will feature Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, as part of the Fischer Speaker Series from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 13 at Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library. 

The free talk will also be streamed at https://meeting.psu.edu/coil. Registration is required at http://wp.me/P3b4X9-BY. 

EdX is a nonprofit, open source enterprise founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard in 2012. EdX was launched as a MOOC (massive open online courses) portal to increase access to quality education, conduct research into how students learn, and improve on-campus teaching and learning. This presentation will provide an overview of how the edX platform has expanded and evolved to include SPOCs (small private online courses), blended courses, collaborations with both for-profit and nonprofit entities, and adoption of the open source edX platform across entire countries and global regions, including China, France and the Arab-speaking world.

This presentation will provide an overview of edX’s growth over the last two years, including a summary of its students, what makes courses popular and how open source platform is evolving. It will also cover how MOOC technologies are currently being incorporated into on-campus courses to improve learning outcomes and where MOOC technologies are headed. Finally, the presentation will provide some recent research results that suggest ways to improve education online and on campus, and will discuss how MOOCs might evolve in the future to continue to bring innovation to the world of education both on-campus and beyond.

  • Anant Agarwal

    Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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