In addition to showing off the space, the point was to share experiences about the MOOC- and post-MOOC era, and hint at the surely to-be-named post-post-MOOC period.

The assembled cast of presenters, in addition to the edX CEO, included Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School; Sheryl Barnes, new to MIT as program manager for digital learning in residential education, but not to academia (with prior stints at Tufts and Harvard); Rebecca Petersen, senior research manager at HarvardX; and Kyle Courtney, whose role could be best summed up as copyright czar for Harvard.