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RESOURCE: edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education

Agarwal kicks the panel off by explaining that the world has been changing at an unprecedented rate–but classrooms haven’t. Technology that was new ten years ago is already outdated today but, for some reason, the learning experience is the same as it was 50 years ago. Students still congregate in a lecture hall to listen to a professor deliver knowledge to them. Agarwal believes MOOCs can change that.

Agarwal show the audience a series of statistic from the first edX MOOC, which he co-taught (figures are rounded):

155,000 enrolled in first course
26,300 tried the first problem set
10,500 made it to the midterm
9,300 passed the midterm
8,200 took the final
7,200 received certification

via edX president on how MOOCs will change higher education | Education Dive.

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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