1. SXSWedu 2013 - MOOC Keynote Conversation

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    In a special keynote conversation moderated by award-winning writer with The New York Times Laura Pappano, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng and edX President Anant Agarwal will focus on massive open online courses (MOOCs), a rapidly growing interest in the education space, designed to offer large-scale participation through the web.

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    • Online Education at Harvard – a new advance for democracy?

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      Distance education. Online learning. We’ve been hearing a lot these days about this new tool for teaching, this new way of leveraging technology to spread access to education as widely as possible, with as little effort – it must be said – as possible. Harvard Extension School has been one of the pioneers in using the Internet to reach its ideal audience – adult learners who might not have been able to attend an Ivy League college, but who have the intelligence and curiosity to benefit from top-notch instruction, albeit virtually. This Faculty Insight interview, produced in partnership with ThoughtCast and Harvard Extension School, is with Henry Leitner, the associate dean for Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, and a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard. Leitner also oversees the Distance Education initiative at the Extension School, and we spoke in a control room there, where many of these online courses are recorded. What’s more, Leitner’s played a role in launching edX, a Harvard-MIT venture in online learning that’s gathering steam. It represents the MOOC or massive open online course model, which can reach even greater numbers across the globe. These free online classes have the potential to penetrate closed societies and break down barriers, be they physical, psychological, cultural or – yes, educational.

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      • Anant Agarwal of edX - Today's Campus Innovation Interview Series

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        In this episode of the Today's Campus Innovation Interview Series, Kirsten Winkler talks with Professor Anant Agarwal, President of edX.org. edX, the non-profit MOOC platform launched by MIT and Harvard just recently added its first international partner universities, expanding the range of courses and languages offered to students around the globe for free. Kirsten and Anant talk about the impact of MOOCs on society and the workplace as well as first data points indicating the success of pure online learning vs. a blended approach.

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