Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. He taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. At MIT, he is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and has served as the director of CSAIL, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Awarded MITs Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching, as well as the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, Agarwal was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012, and his work on organic computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011. He is also an author of the textbook Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits. Agarwal is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
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The head of edX, Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms.
At the same time, if you take MOOC technology and blend it with in-person class help, we can achieve the blended model, which is even better and can improve campus education.
Education needs to transform. Those who don't and stick to the same old ways, without adapting to new technologies, will be in trouble.
Agarwal answers readers questions about the future of education and the growth of MOOCs on Slashdot.
Agarwal on the beginnings of edX.
The nonprofit online-learning organization edX will work with Facebook and two other companies to provide free, localized education to students in Rwanda on affordable smart phones.