Maybe the coolest thing about the whole MOOC phenomenon is the chance to study with some of the best minds in the world. That was a privilege that used to be reserved for the few, but with the announcement of Walter Lewin’s 8.02x Electricity and Magnetism course and now Eric Lander’s 7.00x Introductory Biology: “The Secret of Life”, the MITx courses new this Spring are from some of the heaviest hitters in their fields.
For those not familiar with Professor Lander, he headed up the Human Genome Project from 1990 to 2003, the team that sequenced the largest part of the human genome. He is also President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a new kind of collaborative biomedical research institution focused on genomic medicine.
We’d be remiss in discussing the best in the business if we didn’t also point to an MITx course announced with less fanfare earlier in the year, The Challenges of Global Poverty from Esther Duflo. Professor Duflo is Co-Founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her course is the hidden gem of this year’s MITx crop.