Stanford Pre-Education Society held its annual ignitED conference on undergraduate education on Feb. 6. Anant Agarwal MS ’84 and PhD ’87, CEO of edX, an online education platform, spoke at the event through Skype. EdX, founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider that offers online courses from universities around the world. Following the conference, The Daily spoke with Agarwal to discuss the future of edtech and the innovations needed in the education sector.
Stanford’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) program is one of seven educational technology programs to split a $20 million fund from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Even as massive open online courses (MOOCs) continue to assume an increasingly prominent role in education, regularly enrolling thousands of students from around the world in classes taught by professors from dozens of universities, their rapid growth has sparked a backlash focused on the potential loss of diversity and interaction in education.
University administrators have announced plans to merge Class2Go, Stanford’s online course platform, with edX, a nonprofit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), producing a joint open source online learning platform that will first be available in June.
The Stanford-affiliated Coursera course platform currently leads the pack in massive open online course offerings. Stanford currently has 19 classes on Coursera, some with grants from the Vice Provost for Online Learning.
Students taking online courses from universities on Coursera and seven to nine other massive open online course (MOOC) platforms may soon qualify for academic credit from those universities, for a small fee.
John Mitchell, the new Vice Provost for Online Education (VPOL), recently sat down with The Daily to discuss his position and plans for the office.