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Massive Study from Harvard and MIT on MOOCs Provides New Insights on an Evolving Space

April 1, 2015

Since “Year of the MOOC” became a catchphrase in 2012, massive open online courses have had their fans and detractors. Some have claimed that online learning is a “disruptive revolution” and a harbinger of the end of residential colleges, while others have called MOOCs “mere marketing” at best or an abject failure at worst, singling out low completion rates. 

Expanded data and research about MOOC participants and evidence-based assessments of online learning trends might, however, begin to move the conversation beyond anecdotes and heated opinions.

HarvardX Astronomy Course Is Part of Middle School Scholarship Challenge

January 15, 2015

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and edX today announced a scholarship challenge for advanced middle school students. Every eligible seventh grade student who successfully completes one of the five selected edX courses will secure a semi-finalist position in the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program.

Learner Intention Recasts “Low” MOOC Completion Rates

December 8, 2014

Critics of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have long raised concerns about low overall completion rates by learners. A new study in the December 8 issue of Educause Review Online (ERO) by Harvard University researcher Justin Reich reveals that these rates, hovering between 2 and 10 percent, often do not account for one crucial factor: student intentions.

First HarvardX Learning Technology Challenge Wraps Up

December 1, 2014

Last September, HarvardX, the University-wide strategic initiative to enable faculty to build open online learning experiences and to conduct research, invited creative coders from around the world to a learning technology challenge.

The task to create an interactive visualization of the binomial distribution was met with enthusiasm, as the winning entry would find its way into online courses taken by thousands of students learning the topic of probability.