Over the past year, a boy genius from Mongolia has been schooling MIT on how to improve the elite institution’s free online courses, Slate reports.


When he was just 15, the Mongolian wunderkind Battushig Myanganbayar earned a perfect score in MIT’s first massive open online course, or MOOC. Designers of the course touted him as a poster boy for the power of free courses to spread high-quality education to the farthest reaches of the globe, and the New York Times hailed his story.

But leaders of edX, the consortium started by MIT and Harvard University to develop free online courses,...

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