Is Small Beautiful? (Harvard Magazine)

by STEPHANIE GARLOCK JULY-AUGUST 2015 Online education looks beyond the MOOC. IN MAY 2012, edX president Anant Agarwal introduced Harvard and MIT’s joint venture in massive open online courses (MOOCs)with a bold promise: “Online education will change the world.” In the years since, the hype surrounding MOOCs has oscillated between outsized optimism and declarations of fast … Read moreIs Small Beautiful? (Harvard Magazine)

Greek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay (NYT)

By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER NOV. 20, 2015 Last January, Geoffrey Smith, a scholar of early Christianity at the University of Texas, noticed something startling: an eBay listing for an ancient Greek papyrus fragment of the Gospel of John — with an opening bid of only $99. “I thought, This can’t be allowed to sell on eBay,” Dr. Smith … Read moreGreek New Testament Papyrus Is Discovered on eBay (NYT)

Homeschooled with MIT courses at 5, accepted to MIT at 15 (MIT News)

Laurie Everett | Office of Digital Learning November 16, 2015 After acquiring his entire elementary and secondary education from OpenCourseWare and MITx, Ahaan Rungta joined the MIT Class of 2019 at age 15. Ahaan Rungta and his family moved from Calcutta, India, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2001, the same year MIT announced OpenCourseWare (OCW), … Read moreHomeschooled with MIT courses at 5, accepted to MIT at 15 (MIT News)

Mao’s MOOC Rehabilitation (IHE)

Has edX become a platform for a Chinese propaganda course?  November 17, 2015 By Josh Logue EdX, provider of massive open online courses, hosts an assortment of offerings on Chinese history. There’s The Study of Folklore from Peking University, a look at international politics from Seoul National University and a five-part series on everything from aristocratic … Read moreMao’s MOOC Rehabilitation (IHE)