Monthly Archives: May 2012

Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The edX announcement comes after four top-tier institutions??teamed up??last month with a for-profit company led by two Stanford computer-science professors to offer a similar array of free online courses. Stanford University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor announced the partnerships with Coursera, a company that sprouted from Stanford???s early experiments with massive open online courses.

Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

all it takes is six months of pretty surprising announcements in terms
of open-course initiatives, and all of a sudden you can start to
picture that education seems to be at the threshold of a very dramatic
change.???

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Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

At a news conference, the leaders of edX described it as a tool that colleges can use to experiment with online courses and study how students learn. For example, Mr. Agarwal said, in the prototype MITx course ???Circuits and Electronics,??? researchers ???gather huge amounts of data??? on students??? use of the platform, including how much time they spend watching videos.

Since edX courses have the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of students, the data sets could be ???very statistically significant in a very short amount of time,??? he said.

Article: A safe harbor, not an anchor

The motion, which I??dis??cussed here??sev??er??al weeks ago, argues that the only excep??tion that libraries can rely on in the Copy??right Act is sec??tion 108, the spe??cif??ic excep??tion that autho??rizes some preser??va??tion and inter??li??brary loan activities.?? It explic??it??ly claims that fair use is unavail??able to libraries, whose rights, it asserts, are entire??ly cir??cum??scribed by sec??tion 108.