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).

Study Suggests an Online-only Class May Be as Effective as the On-campus Equivalent

September 23, 2014

Adapted from a press release from the MIT News Office by David L. Chandler.

It’s been two years since a New York Times article declared the “year of the MOOC” — short for “massive open online courses.” Now, for the first time, researchers have carried out a detailed study that shows that these classes really can teach at least as effectively as traditional classroom courses — and they found that this is true regardless of how much preparation and knowledge students start out with.

HarvardX Interactive Learning Challenge Now Open

September 2, 2014

HarvardX invites creative coders everywhere to a learning technology challenge.

The mission is to create an interactive visualization of the binomial distribution suitable for students who are learning the topic of probability.

Possible approaches include interactive line or bar graphs, coin-flip or dice-roll simulations, combinations of these, or something completely different. 

Winners will see their work appear in a HarvardX open online course.