Anant Agarwal

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The President of edX, Anant Agarwal, explains the reason for offering free university courses online. (5:47)

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY TBEFT TONIGHT IS AN M.I.T.

PROFESSOR WHO BELIEVES THE

FUTURE OF EDUCATION IS ON THE

INTERNET.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR BUZZ FEED'S TEN

BIGGEST LITERATURE FAILS.

PLEASE WELCOME ANANT AGARWAL.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

HOW ARE YOU?

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

HEY, HOW ARE YOU?

A PROFESSOR.

THANK SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> MY PLEASURE

Stephen: OUR A PROFESSOR OF

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND

COMPUTER SCIENCE AT M.I.T. AND

YOU'RE THE PRESIDENT OF ED-X.

EXPLAIN TO THE GOOD PEOPLE WHAT

YOU'RE TRYING TO DO WITH THE

ED-X.

>> IT IS AN ON-LINE LEARNING

DESTINATION WHERE YOU CAN COME

IN, SIGN UP VERY QUICKLY AND

TAKE FUN, HIP COURSES FROM SOME

OF THE BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE

WORLD

>> Stephen: THE UNIVERSITY OF

FEEP ICKES HAS THAT.

YOU CAN DO THAT.

I'M SERIOUS.

THEY ADVERTISE ON MY SHOW.

RIGHT?

THE SAME THING.

>> YOU CAN TAKE THESE GREAT

COURSES FROM UNIVERSITY OF LIKE

M.I.T., HARVARD

>> Stephen: I'VE HEARD OF THEM.

WHAT DOES IT COST ME AGAIN?

>> IT'S FREE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Stephen: I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

YOU'RE IN THE KNOWLEDGE

BUSINESS.

I MEAN A UNIVERSITY.

LET'S SAY I HAD A SHOE STORE AND

THEN I HIRED YOU TO WORK AT MY

SHOE STORE.

YOU SAID, I'VE GOT A GREAT IDEA.

LET'S GIVE YOU THE SHOES AWAY

FOR FREE.

I WOULD FIRE YOU AND THEN

PROBABLY THROW SHOES AT YOUR

HEAD.

HOW CAN UNIVERSITIES SURVIVE IF

THEY'RE GIVING AWAY... WHY SEND

MIGUEL TO COLLEGE IF THEY'RE

GIVING AWAY THE Ph.D.s FOR

FREE?

>> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO DO

IT.

EDUCATION IS OUR CAUSE.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD HAVE ACCESS TO

A GREAT EDUCATION, MUCH LIKE THE

AIR WE BREATHE.

IN ADDITION TO INCREASING ACCESS

TO EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS ALL

OVER THE WORLD, UNIVERSITIES ARE

DOING THIS SO THAT THEY CAN

BRING THE LEARNING BACK ON OUR

CAMPUSES

>> Stephen: HERE'S MY PROBLEM

WITH THIS NOW.

AMERICA, THE SHINING CITY ON THE

HILL.

HAVE YOU HEARD THAT?

YEAH.

ONE OF THE REASON IS IS THAT

PEOPLE COME TO AMERICA TO GET

THEIR EDUCATION.

WE GET THE BEST OF THE BEST, THE

CREAM OF THE CROP.

THEY COME OVER HERE BECAUSE THEY

DON'T HAVE TO COME HERE.

ALL WE'RE GOING TO GET IS THE

PEOPLE COMING OVER HERE WHO ARE

DUMB.

>> (LAUGHING)

Stephen: WHY COME ANYMORE?

(LAUGHING)

Stephen: WHY SHOULD THE BEST

COME TO AMERICA IF THEY DON'T

NEED THE EDUCATION.

>> EDUCATION IN AMERICA IS THE

ABSOLUTE BEST EDUCATION IN THE

WORLD

>> Stephen: DAMNED STRAIGHT.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO GIVE IT

AWAY

>> Stephen: WHAT?

THE WORLD IS A MUCH SMALLER

PLACE TODAY.

THERE'S A THING CALLED THE

INTERNET

>> Stephen: I'M FAMILIAR WITH

THAT.

I HAD A LITTLE PIECE ABOUT IT

EARLIER IN THE SHOW.

>> (LAUGHING)

Stephen: IT OPENS THE WORLD

TO ALL KINDS OF THINGS THEY

HAVEN'T LEARNED ABOUT BEFORE.

>> IT'S BECOMING A SMALLER WORLD

BECAUSE OF THE ENTER.

GIVING AWAY EDUCATION, THIS IS

GOING TO BE GOOD FOR THE WORLD.

AN EDUCATED WORLD IS A BETTER

WORLD FOR EVERYBODY.

ARE CAMPUSES GOING TO GET

BETTER?

ON-LINE LEARNING IS IS LIKE A

RISING TIDE THAT WILL LIFT ALL

BOATS ON CAMPUS OR ELSEWHERE.

THIS IS A GOOD THING FOR

EVERYBODY

>> Stephen: YOU CAN SAY IT'S

GOOD.

BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S

GOOD.

I GO TO AN ELITE UNIVERSITY.

LET'S SAY I GO TO YOUR HARVARDS

OR YOUR M.I.T.s OR BERKELEYS,

I GET TO SAY I WENT TO HARVARD.

THAT'S HALF OF WHAT YOU'RE

PAYING FOR.

YOU WOULDN'T SAY I WENT TO

HARVARD.

YOU WOULD SAY I WENT TO A SMALL

COLLEGE IN THE BOSTON AREA.

>> (LAUGHING)

Stephen: BUT AREN'T YOU

TAKING AWAY SOME OF THE

SPECIALNESS OF GOING TO COLLEGE?

>> I THINK WE SHOULD BE VERY

CAREFUL TO DISTINGUISH CAMPUS

FROM ONLINE.

MY COLLEAGUE SAID THERE'S CAMPUS

MAGIC.

CAMPUS EDUCATION IS DIFFERENT

FROM ON-LINE EDUCATION.

CAMPUS STUDENTS HAVE THINGS

LIKE, THEY INTERACT WITH EACH

OTHER.

THEY LEARN THE RHETORIC.

THEY HAVE DISCUSSIONS.

WORK WITH PROFESSORS GET

INSPIRED BY PROFESSORS

>> Stephen: HOMO EROTIC FRAT

HAZING.

ONLINE, NO ONE IS GOING TO ASK

YOU TO PASS A GREASE 45 RECORD

FROM BUTT CHEEK TO BUTT CHEEK

BEFORE THEY'LL CALL YOU BROTHER.

>> OR $40,000

Stephen: EXACTLY.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ONLINE IN

THE ED-X RIGHT NOW?

>> ED-X DOT-ORG YOU CAN SIGN UP

VERY EASILY.

WE HAVE OVER A MILLION STUDENTS

FROM EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY IN THE

WORLD.

>> Stephen: RIGHT NOW A MILLION

STUDENTS.

>> OVER A MILLION STUDENTS RIGHT

NOW FROM EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY IN

THE WORLD

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU ASK

QUESTIONS?

>> THE WHOLE THING IS DONE

ONLINE.

THIS GENERATION IS SO MUCH MORE

COMFORTABLE DOING EVERYTHING

ONLINE.

WE HAVE DISCUSSION FORUMS THAT

ASK QUESTIONS ONLINE.

THE AMAZING THING IS THAT IN

ADDITION TO PROFESSORS AND

TEACHING ASSISTANTS ANSWERING

QUESTIONS, MUCH MORE THAN THAT,

THE LEARNING GOING ON WHERE THE

STUDENTS ARE ANSWERING EACH

OTHER'S QUESTIONS.

THEY'RE LEARNING BY TEACHING.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE TEACHING

EACH OTHER?

>> YES

Stephen: EVENTUALLY THEY

WON'T NEED US.

>> I THINK WE CAN LEARN A LOT

FROM OUR STUDENTS.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE TEACHER.

WE ARE ALL LEARNERS.

WE'RE ALL TEACHERS.

AND I THINK AS I SAY THAT, I

TELL THE STUDENTS THAT THERE

WILL COME A TIME VERY QUICKLY

WHEN YOU WILL KNOW A LOT MORE

THAN ANY OF US DO.

THAT'S WHEN YOU GET TO GRADUATE.

>> Stephen: WOW.

ONCE YOU CAN SNATCH THE

KNOWLEDGE FROM MY HAND, GRASS

HOPPER.

PROFESSOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING ME.

>> THANK YOU

Stephen: FROM ED-X.

IT'S FREE.

ANANT AGARWAL.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.