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Higher Education

Q & A with Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal, an MIT computer science professor who has served as CEO of edX since its establishment, sat down to recount the challenges of creating courses for an online learning environment, discuss the non-profit’s business model, and speculate about what the future might hold for edX.

Allston

New Ed Portal Initiative Combines Online Courseware, In-Person Lecture For Allstonians

The new initiative was formalized and kicked off by Peter K. Bol during a lecture Monday night.

Health

School of Public Health Launches Two New MOOCs

To address public confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act and new applications of big data, the Harvard School of Public Health has developed two new courses slated to launch April 7 on HarvardX.

edX

With Eye Toward Financial Self-Sufficiency, edX Hires Businesswoman Cebula as President and COO

EdX announced Monday that it has appointed Wendy Cebula, the former chief operating officer of VistaPrint, as its president and chief operating officer to help lead the non-profit online education platform as it expands and attempts to become financially self-supporting.

edX

Columbia Becomes Fourth Ivy To Join edX

Columbia University announced Thursday that it has joined edX, the online education platform co-founded by Harvard and MIT, becoming the organization’s 33rd “charter member.”

Graduate School of Design

Ed School Launches Self-Help Course on HarvardX

The new course—GSE1x: “Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement”—will focus on helping people achieve their personal goals through online videos, interactive elements, and forums.

College

EdX Blocks Course Content to Cuba, Iran, Sudan

EdX plans to block students in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan from taking an upcoming online course on aerodynamics and modern aircraft design, according to a blog post written by edX president Anant Agarwal on Monday.

University

EdX Partners with Facebook to Provide Open Online Education to Rwanda

EdX, the open online learning platform co-founded by Harvard and MIT, has partnered with Facebook to give Rwandan students free access to collaborative, online courses. The partnership, dubbed SocialEDU, was announced Monday and will serve as a blueprint for future projects, according to a press release from Facebook.

EdX
Japan

University of Tokyo Joins edX

The University of Tokyo joined edX on Tuesday, becoming the 32nd institution to partner with the online education platform, which was created by Harvard and MIT in May 2012.

Gen Ed

New Lecture Policy Calls for New Forms of Student Interaction

Born out of the adaptation of the class for online education platform HarvardX, a new policy implemented in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 12: “Poetry in America” prevents students from asking questions in lectures and has prompted the course instructor, English professor Elisa New, to foster student-teacher interaction in new ways.

Harvard Corporation

HarvardX To Provide Online Courses Restricted to Alumni

In an effort to sustain and strengthen alumni networks, HarvardX—the University’s branch of the online learning venture edX—will offer course content restricted to alumni beginning in March of this year.

Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School

Thousands Enroll in Harvard Divinity School’s First edX Course

More than 28,000 students from 183 countries have enrolled in HDS1544.1x: “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul,” Harvard Divinity School’s first foray into edX, which launched Jan. 6—a figure more than 220 times the size of the school’s 2013 graduating class.

Economics

World Economic Forum and Dartmouth Latest To Join EdX Platform

The Forum, a Swiss non-profit organization that holds an annual conference on global economic policy, will launch its first course in May.

Science

NPR Host Teaches Scientists How To Better Communicate Their Findings

David S. Kestenbaum said scientists can express their complex works in understandable and interesting terms using the same techniques that are used on public radio.

Research

In Papers and Talk, Researchers Say EdX Success Not Tied to Dropout Rate

Working papers released Tuesday indicated that 95 percent of registrants for courses offered by Harvard and MIT on edX, the open online education platform co-founded by the two universities, did not earn certificates of completion.

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Rainy Day Impression

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