One Course, 150,000 Students

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Abstract

AT the May announcement of edX, the Harvard-M.I.T. partnership that will offer free online courses with a certificate of completion, Susan Hockfield, the president of M.I.T., declared: ''Fasten your seat belts.'' If anyone was ready for the ride -- the $60 million venture aims to reach a billion people -- it was Anant Agarwal, the director of M.I.T.'s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Mr. Agarwal, named the first president of edX, describes himself as a ''serial entrepreneur'' who first went into business as a child in Mangalore, India, building coops for 40 chickens and selling their eggs. Start-ups still call to him: in 2005-6, he took time off from M.I.T. to create a semiconductor company. And in December, when M.I.T. decided to plunge into the world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with a new platform called MITx (now folded into edX), he came forward to teach the first offering, which ran March 5 to June 8 and enrolled over 150,000. How did you come to teach the first course? [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]

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  • AGARWAL
  • Anant -- Interviews
  • COMPUTER science -- Study & teaching
  • HARVARD University
  • INTERVIEWS
  • MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology

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  • Tamar Lewin

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