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COIL Fischer Speaker Series: Anant Agarwal

When: Jun 13, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, Penn State University Park and online at

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Join us for this exciting COIL Fischer Speaker Series event featuring Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, on June 13, 2014.

EdX is a non-profit, open source enterprise founded by MIT and Harvard in 2012. Initially, edX was launched as a MOOC (massive open online courses) portal to increase access to quality education, conduct research into how students learn, and improve on campus teaching and learning.

While that three-part mission remains constant, this presentation will provide an overview of how the edX platform has expanded and evolved in new, unpredictable ways to include transforming education through SPOCs (small private online courses), blended courses, collaborations with both for-profit and non-profit entities, and adoption of the open source edX platform across entire countries and global regions, including China, France, and the Arab-speaking world.

This presentation will provide an overview of edX's growth over the last two years. It will also cover how MOOC technologies are currently being incorporated into on-campus courses to improve learning outcomes, and where MOOC technologies are headed. Finally, the presentation will provide some recent research results that suggest ways to improve education online and on campus, and will discuss how MOOCs might evolve in the future to continue to bring innovation to the world of education both on-campus and beyond.

Registration for this free event is required.