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Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal is the President of edX. Anant taught the first course of edX 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 also a founder of Tilera Corporation which created the Tile multicore processor. He led the development of the Raw multicore processor, the Sparcle multi-threaded microprocessor, and the Alewife parallel computer. He also led the VirtualWires project at MIT and was the founder of Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. 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. His work on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World-Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant 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. He hacks on WebSim, a web-based circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.

Entries by Anant Agarwal

Learning the Real Meaning of Commencement

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:36 PM

During the last few weeks you've undoubtedly heard countless commencement speeches celebrating the conclusion of the great scholastic achievements of the class of 2014. With these speeches taking place all over America, we all need to remember that the word "commencement" means to begin or to start. Unfortunately for most...

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Why MOOCS Might Be Just Right for Schools

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Eighteen months ago at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos the star was not Bill Gates of Microsoft or Larry Summers of Harvard, but 12-year-old Khadijah Niazi of Lahore, Pakistan, who captivated the audience by talking about a trend that could revolutionize education. She is...

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MOOC Learners: Who They Are, What Motivates Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Lately, I've noticed that much of the discussion around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused almost exclusively on one point: Completion rates, or those students who achieve a certificate in a particular course. While this data point, borrowed from the traditional university model, is certainly an important...

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Unbundled: Reimagining Higher Education

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 1:19 PM

When massive open online courses (MOOCs) first launched early last year, we had no idea what to expect. And even today -- with dozens of global institutions and millions of learners participating -- we as an industry have so much more to learn as we puzzle out online education. One...

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