Dean's Speaker Series Presents "Reimagining Education"

Dean Nelson Baker welcomes special guest speaker Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX | Professor, MIT

April 16, 2018 | By Gordana Goudie
Anant Agarwal Headshot

GTPE is proud to announce that Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX | Professor, MIT, will be Dean Nelson Baker's next guest in the Dean's Speaker Series. He will discuss the changing learning landscape and share stories that reveal how students from around the world are using online learning to change their lives. He will examine how innovations in digital learning and microcredentialing from world-renowned institutions are reimagining education, as well as show how innovative credit pathways are requiring MOOCs to make quantum improvements in quality and integrity. Finally, the talk will explore how universities and our education system might evolve in the future. The event is open to Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students. See event details below. 

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Venue: Wardlaw Building, Gordy Room, 1st Floor

If you're interested in attending, please confirm your reservation today

About Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching.  He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.

About edX
edX, a nonprofit, open-source, online learning destination, and MOOC (massive open online course) platform, aspires to reinvent education through technology. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX’s mission is to increase access to high-quality education for anyone, anywhere, and to enhance the quality of teaching and learning both online and on campus.