CSE Distinguished Lecture: Anant Agarwal

CSE Distinguished Lecture

MOOC 2.0: Innovation and Integrity in Online Learning

The third speaker in the Fall 2016 CSE Distinguished Lecture Series is Anant Agarwal, CEO of the edX online learning platform and a Professor at MIT. He will explore “MOOC 2.0: Innovation and Integrity in Online Learning.”

Date: Monday, October 17
Time: 11:00am – Noon
Location: Room 1202, CSE Building

Host: CSE Prof. Pavel Pevzner

Abstract: edX, a nonprofit, open-source, online learning destination and MOOC (massive open online course) provider, aspires to reinvent education through technology. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX’s mission is to increase access to high-quality education for anyone, anywhere, and to enhance the quality of teaching and learning both online and on campus.

This talk will provide an overview of the online learning landscape and edX, and will share stories that reveal how students from around the world are using online learning to change their lives. The talk will examine where MOOC technologies are headed, and how they are transforming education through innovations in micro-credentialing and new options for credit from world-renowned institutions. We will also discuss how credit is requiring MOOCs to raise the bar in quality and integrity. Finally, the talk will focus on how universities and our education system might evolve in the future.

Bio: Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Agarwal taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Professor Agarwal won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching.  He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook, “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits”.

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Agarwal, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.  Agarwal hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree from IIT Madras. His Twitter handle is @agarwaledu.