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?
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.