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MIT to launch online-only, graded courses for free

December 20, 2011

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The classes are expected to feature short interactive videos, busy discussion forums, and realistic simulations that can stand in for laboratory experiments, all under the supervision of the university’s professors. Grading will be done by computers or by students checking one another’s work. The software MIT develops to deliver the classes will also be freely available, allowing other institutions to adapt it for their own efforts.

“The time is right. The time is now. Many of these technologies are just coming to fruition,’’ said Anant Agarwal, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who is developing the delivery software. “We already have a professor who’s using an online social network of MIT alums to help educate students in programming. Just imagine expanding that in Facebook-fashion to tens or hundreds of millions of people around the world.’’

MIT’s project is one of many flourishing new online initiatives that are supplementing or replacing the old way of learning: sitting in a classroom listening to a professor deliver a monologue.

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