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.
At yesterday’s Faculty Senate meeting, ASSU President John-Lancaster Finley ’16 and ASSU Vice President Brandon Hill ’16 presented three proposals intended to help Stanford better fulfill its commitment to diversity. Additionally, Vijay Pande, former chair of the Committee on Academic Computing and Information Systems (C-ACIS), reported on the C-ACIS’s work.
Despite low completion rates, student isolation and imbalanced demographics, leaders in the field of online learning feel confident that the availability of user data will lead to significant improvements in the future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Stanford researchers have concluded that MOOCs (massive open online courses) haven’t quite been the revolutionary change in education for which they had hoped. Completion rates are low, and classes can be too difficult. In addition, instead of providing students in developing countries a path to education, the majority of online students are men from industrialized countries.
Lytics Lab’s newly launched “Year of Learning,” is a year-long initiative to examine how learning has occurred at Stanford in the past, how it takes place now, and what it will look like in the future.
Stanford researchers have developed a new tool called ‘Talkabout’ to enhance online learning through the formation of virtual discussion sections — allowing students from around the globe to connect and share ideas.
President Hennessy delivered his annual address to the Academic Council, the body of Stanford’s tenure-line and other senior faculty, on Thursday, April 30. Hennessy discussed the past academic year and plans for the upcoming year with a focus on the role of technology in learning.
“There’s 60 million kids around the world who don’t have physical access to teachers. Can we make technology and content that is so intuitive that children can teach themselves and each other?” Covering a competition that’s trying to find out the answer to that question.