Noam Chomsky Went Gangnam Style … Ever So Briefly?

≡ Category: MIT, Music, Philosophy, Random |5 Comments

I’m usually pretty dialed into this stuff, but somehow this one slipped by me last fall. During the Gangnam Style craze, MIT shot a parody video where Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics, made a cameo appearance. Maybe it slipped by me because the appearance is brief. About 5 seconds, starting at the 3:20 mark.


Get Ready for MIT’s “Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life” on edX

≡ Category: Biology, MIT, MOOCs |1 Comment

edX announced today what looks like a promising new open course — Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life. Hosted by professor Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, this course will give students a grounding in “topics taught in the MIT introductory biology courses and many biology courses across the world.


Walter Lewin, the Original Star of Open Education, Returns with a Brand New Physics MOOC

≡ Category: MIT, MOOCs, Online Courses, Physics |1 Comment

It seems like not a week goes by without The New York Times writing a gushing profile about Coursera. It’s hard to believe, but back during another day, there was another darling of the open education movement. And his name was Walter Lewin.


Self-Taught African Teenager Wows M.I.T. (and Other Innovators Changing Africa’s Fate)

≡ Category: Life, MIT, Technology |2 Comments

The news the world receives from the continent of Africa is almost uniformly bad, and this is certainly an unjust situation.


Noam Chomsky Explains Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong

≡ Category: MIT, Philosophy, Psychology, Science |3 Comments

While popularly known for his piercing and relentless critiques of U.S. foreign policy and economic neoliberalism, Noam Chomsky made his career as a researcher and professor of linguistics and cognitive science. In his 50 years at MIT he earned the appellation “the father of modern linguistics” and—after overturning B.F.


Salman Khan Returns to MIT, Gives Commencement Speech, Likens School to Hogwarts

≡ Category: Graduation Speech, K-12, MIT |1 Comment

This week, Salman Khan returned to his alma mater, MIT, to deliver the commencement speech to the 2012 graduates. As you know, MIT helped spark the open education movement when it launched its OpenCourseWare site in 2002.


ZeroN: An Amazing, Gravity-Defying New Interactive Technology at M.I.T.

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In Stephen Spielberg’s film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial there is a memorable scene in which a group of children ask a stranded visitor from outer space where he is from, and he tries to communicate by using an unseen force to lift a group of balls into mid-air and move them around to simulate a solar system.


MIT & Khan Academy Team Up to Develop Science Videos for Kids. Includes The Physics of Unicycling

≡ Category: K-12, MIT, Video - Science |5 Comments

Of course, the big news this week is that MIT and Harvard announced that they’re joining forces to offer free online courses starting next fall. We gave you the scoop on that yesterday. Now we give you another MIT announcement that has largely flown beneath the radar.


Harvard and MIT Create EDX to Offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Worldwide

≡ Category: Harvard, MIT, Online Courses |9 Comments

It all started early last fall. Sebastian Thrun went a little rogue (oh the audacity!) and started offering free online courses under Stanford’s banner to mass audiences, with each course promising a “statement of accomplishment” at the end. Hundreds of thousands of students signed up, and universities everywhere took notice.


Enroll in MIT’s First Free Certificate Course Today

≡ Category: Education, MIT |82 Comments

Note: You can now find through the following link a complete list of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), many offering certificates.
In the waning days of 2011, MIT announced MITx, a new e-learning initiative that will offer certificates (find a list of Free Online Certificate Courses here) to students demonstrating mastery of free MIT courses.


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