HarvardX Town Meetings on developing content and pursuing research

December 20, 2012

We are pleased to invite Harvard faculty members and instructors to a Town Hall meeting on developing content for and pursuing research with HarvardX and edX (www.edx.org).
The first in a series of events will take place on Tuesday, January 8 from 3-5 p.m. at the Tsai Auditorium in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS)-South building, located at 1730 Cambridge Street (between Prescott & Felton), near the Graduate School of Design.

Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty director of HarvardX, will lead the Town Hall. The tentative agenda is as follows:

  • An intro to edX/HarvardX: Rob Lue, faculty director of HarvardX
  • The possible components of a HarvardX course or module (including the overall structure of existing courses and the video palette): Tentative speakers include members of the HarvardX course development team, Samantha Earp, Katie Vale, and Marlon Kuzmick.
  • A faculty perspective on course development: Marcello Pagano, Professor of Statistical Computing, and E. Francis Cook, Professor of Epidemiology, both at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-instructors for PH207x, Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research
  • Group discussion of modes of assessment (current options and future directions): Facilitated by Rob Lue
To help us with space planning, please register for the January 8 event in advance.
For those of you unable to attend this event, we will be offering similar Town Halls on February 13 from 3-5 p.m. at a location to be determined (likely on the main Cambridge campus) and on February 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Kresge Building on the Harvard School of Public Health campus (677 Huntington Ave, Longwood/Boston).
If you have any logistical questions about the event, get in touch with Valerie Beilenson <harvardx@harvard.edu>.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The HarvardX team
About edX and HarvardX
In May 2012, Harvard joined forces with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to form edX, a not-for-profit enterprise dedicated to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The aim is to use the power of the Web to take the "learning to the learners” and to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning—both on campus and worldwide. edX is an enabling platform, allowing the lead institutions (Harvard and MIT) and select partners (e.g., Berkeley, University of Texas), to readily distribute course content and other academic materials.

HarvardX is the organization responsible for Harvard’s edX content, courses, and related activities. When launched as part of edX, the University leadership made the decision to emphasize, first and foremost, HarvardX’s potential enhance to teaching and learning on campus.