Redefining education with digital learning in the cloudDate: Aug 28, 2012
Anant Agarwal, a professor of engineering and computer science at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., was recently named president of edX, an online digital learning platform that is redefining the educational system.
In this video interview, filmed at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass., Agarwal talks with SearchCIO.com Editorial Director Scot Petersen about the digital learning program, a joint venture between MIT and Harvard University that will offer free, university-level courses online to a global audience. Agarwal also discusses how cloud applications and application development are evolving to take advantage of "manycore" processors in parallel environments.
Read a partial transcript of the interview with Agarwal below, and watch the video interview to learn more about how advances in digital learning are changing education.
Scot Petersen: Can you explain what edX is?
Anant Agarwal: EdX is a new online learning initiative of MIT and Harvard. Think of edX as a not-for-profit startup that is looking to reinvent education. The mission of edX is to create an online learning platform that will host courses from universities like MIT and Harvard -- branded under the names MITx and HarvardX, respectively -- and from other universities around the world -- offering this to millions of students worldwide. We also hope to make an impact on our own campus education. So our vision is, we would like to educate billions of students worldwide, and we also want to dramatically change how we do education on campus. Our hope is that by making it very affordable worldwide, we can really make a change in the world.