Just over a year ago, Harvard and MIT jointly seized an opportunity to rethink the relationship between technology and teaching, on campus and beyond.
The first, bold step was edX, the online learning and research platform that has already drawn more than 1 million learners (as well as partnerships with some of the world’s best universities).
EdX is, to use President Drew Faust’s words, setting “a standard for online learning that upholds the most important aspects of higher education and its values, and allows Harvard to play a leadership role in shaping how education changes in the years to come.”
A year of partnership with edX has shown us that developing high-quality, engaging, Harvard-caliber online offerings requires experimentation and the integration the best of traditional pedagogy with entirely new methodologies.
Building on edX's success, Harvard’s next step was to expand HarvardX as a new model not just for online education, but for how universities fundamentally support faculty innovation in the use of technology in teaching.
Partnering with others around the University, HarvardX is becoming a new sort of integrated team, kind of like a Innovation Lab for teaching. The idea is to provide faculty both the resources and technical support – through a team of technologists and learning experts from across Harvard – to create online courses, develop new learning objects for on-campus courses, and support rigorous research on learning.
Instead of having to search around the University to find help, faculty can find them all in one place, and get the consulting help they need to build the right support team and bring great ideas to fruition.