An “On-Ramp” for Knowledge: HarvardX for Allston

April 11, 2014

As Harvard continues to advance teaching and research on campus, online, and beyond through HarvardX, a University-wide initiative to enable faculty to create open online learning experiences, a new program is underway to combine online educational resources with in-person teaching components.

HarvardX for Allston will bring HarvardX content to the Allston-Brighton community and general public by offering programs that integrate the latest in virtual education technologies with opportunities for face-to-face interactions and discussion. 

Samantha Earp, Executive Director of HarvardX

Samantha Earp Appointed Executive Director of HarvardX

March 18, 2014

Samantha Earp, who has served as interim executive director of HarvardX since July of last year, has been appointed executive director, effective immediately.

She reports to HarvardX Faculty Director Rob Lue, who is also Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center, and works closely with the HarvardX Research Committee co-chaired by Andrew Ho, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, and Dan Levy, Senior Lecture in Public Policy at the Kennedy School.

Interactive Visualization Tools Bring Transparency to Harvard and MIT MOOCs

February 20, 2014

Contact:  Michael Patrick Rutter, 617-495-9028

Cambridge, Mass – Following the release of a series of working papers based on 17 online courses from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offered on the edX platform, researchers have made available a suite of powerful open source interactive visualization tools. 

Reconnecting Graduates

February 12, 2014

Harvard Gazette
By Michael Patrick Rutter, Harvard Correspondent

In “Gone Tomorrow,” a novel steeped in academic life, Professor P.F. Kluge writes: “In some ways the goals of teaching and writing are the same. You hope to connect to someone else, to make them care about what you care about. So that the things which matter, the things that matter to you, matter to them.”

Kyle Courtney Provides Strategies for MOOCs and Syllabus Material

January 29, 2014

In library circles over the past two years, the elephant in the room has been “How will we support Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) at our institution?” edX is the not-for-profit organization founded by Harvard and MIT to transform education worldwide by offering MOOCs for free. edX has engaged in a number of partnerships with other educational institutions to offer interesting courses.

Digital Learning Project Manager Hired

January 13, 2014

Acacia Landfield has been hired as the Digital Learning Project Manager, a joint role with the Digital Strategy team within Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC) and HarvardX. She will also support the broader effort of Vice Provost Peter Bol's new advances in learning effort.

Acacia graduated from Yale College (but promises to keep her Bulldog pride in check and warmly embraces the Crimson) with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration.

HILT Announces January Wintersession Events

December 13, 2013

The following HILT January Wintersession events listed below are teaching and learning opportunities open to members of the Harvard Community. Events are hosted by various schools and departments on campus. Some require registration and/or are more appropriate for specific populations. Please visit the event links for more information. (Note that many of these sites require Harvard PIN and password.)

Teaching and Learning Wintersession Events

Gender Balances: A Look at the Makeup of HarvardX Registrants

December 11, 2013

by Sergiy Nesterko, HarvardX Research Fellow

Although the first semester of the 2013/14 academic year is coming to a close on campus and residential students are finishing up coursework and preparing for the break, the timelines are more asynchronous for students registered for 10 currently running online offerings. This batch of 10 consists of courses and modules launched by HarvardX at different times during the Fall of 2013.