Friday, December 28, 2012
National Law Journal: Harvard Law Offering First Free Online Course:
How does a free law class taught by Harvard faculty sound?
Harvard Law School is accepting applications for its first online course via edX—a new online education venture between six leading universities. The 12-week copyright course begins on January 28 and will be open to 500 students. Applications for a spot in the free class, taught by William Fisher III, director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, must be received by January 3.
The course is not a MOOC, or massive open online course, in which hundreds or thousands of students complete an online course largely on their own. Instead, the edX copyright course is intended to mimic a traditional Harvard law class. Students will be broken into smaller sections of no more than 25, and a former or current student of Fisher's will facilitate discussions among section members in real time. Students will also take a three-hour test, just as regular Harvard law students do. ...
The group edX was founded six months ago as a nonprofit by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It has since added the University of California, Berkeley; Georgetown University; Wellesley College; and the University of Texas as partners. Its goal is to develop an open-source online learning platform for online education. Thus far, all of the edX courses are free.