HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Fifty-eight faculty members have called for Harvard University to create a new faculty committee to consider ethical issues related to edX, the entity created by the university and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to provide massive open online courses. The letter urges the creation of the committee to consider "critical questions" about edX and its impact on Harvard and also on "the higher education system as a whole." And the letter calls for the new committee -- unlike two faculty panels that now exist -- to come entirely from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. That faculty, which has primary responsibility not only for teaching undergraduates but also for training Ph.D.s in a wide range of disciplines, is the largest at the university. The letter was sent Thursday and published Friday by The Harvard Crimson. Read more...