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.

Welcome New Project Lead: Sarah Walkowiak

November 12, 2014

Sarah Walkowiak has joined the HarvardX team as a new project lead. She was previously an instructional designer at Wentworth Institute of Technology. 

HeroesX's Greg Nagy Will Lead a Live and Simulcast Event on November 10

November 4, 2014

Be introduced to the joy of reading ancient literature, and to seeing those ancient themes reflected in the works of our own time.  Professor Nagy will present an overview and participate in a dialogue with attendees on the social and cultural realities of ancient Greek hero cult as expressed through the medium of tragedy.

Welcome Brad Edmondson, HarvardX's New In-House Copyright Assistant

October 30, 2014

Brad Edmondson has taken a position as HarvardX's new in-house Copyright Assistant.

Edmondson will begin working on a part-time basis helping out with copyright reviews and approvals, while also maintaining an active role on course development. He is currently working on the future EinsteinX course.

Edmondson will help support the efforts of Kyle Courtney, Esq., the Copyright Advisor for Harvard University working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication.

HarvardX Visiting Fellow Jonathan Haber Will Host a Series of Hands-On Workshops on Assessment

October 21, 2014

As part of the ongoing HarvardX Wednesday Workshops series, HarvardX visiting fellow Jonathan Haber will be leading a series of hands-on sessions covering a number of practical assessment topics that he has been discussing with the course teams over the last several weeks.

These sessions are meant to help course developers plan and develop better, more effective active learning components (including not just assessments, but anything in a MOOC involving active student participation).

The sessions break down as follows:

Inaugural HarvardX Fellow Jonathan Haber Blogs About Being "Embedded" at HarvardX

October 2, 2014

From Inside Higher Ed, "Higher Ed Beta" blog.

As the Inaugural Visiting Fellow at HarvardX, my mission over the six months while “embedded” with the HX team involves exploring how to maximize the effectiveness of assessments and other student assignments within Harvard’s growing catalog of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).