by Alison Brissette, Community Affairs/Harvard Allston Education Portal and Michael Patrick Rutter, HarvardX/HPAC
Abstaining from art, theater, dance, and most other forms of entertainment, the Puritans took solace “in the word.” Sermons and elegies by local ministers became a kind of glue that held towns together, especially during the hardscrabble days of an emerging nation.
Please welcome Sarah Grafman as the newest HarvardX Fellow!
Sarah comes to us from WGBH, where she spent the last 6 years as a Senior Digital Producer where she created websites for PBS and a variety of academic partners.
She has produced numerous sites… too many to list! Sarah has an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in European History from Columbia University. She is also an organizer of Union Square's annual "What the Fluff" festival!
By Jonathan Beasley, Harvard Divinity School Communications Harvard Gazette
In an age when even the pope tweets, it is only natural that Harvard Divinity School (HDS) has created its first online, interactive learning experience, with help from HarvardX, the University-wide initiative to support faculty use of innovative technologies for teaching.
By Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer Harvard Gazette
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Dean Julio Frenk unveiled a new vision for public health education Friday, one that blends online, in-person, and in-the-field learning into a “modular” experience that individuals access at different times in their lives.
We are pleased to welcome two new HarvardX lead course developers.
Jascha Smilack Jascha Smilack earned his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard, and his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Chinese Studies from Kenyon College (valedictorian). He taught Chinese literature from all periods at Tufts University from 2011 to 2013, during which time he was also a program coordinator at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies.
There is a difference between research and how innovation happens in industry. Research tends to be more foundational and forward-thinking, while innovation in industry is more agile and looks to generate value as soon as possible. Bret Victor, one of my favorite people in interaction design, summarizes it nicely in the diagram below.
By Nima Hassan ’14, Harvard Correspondent Harvard Gazette
While online courses from HarvardX have reached more than half a million students globally, less than 1 percent of the participants are in China. Technology and culture may be partly to blame for the low early enrollments. YouTube and other popular social media sites are banned there. English courses offer Chinese subtitles, but primarily cater to audiences familiar with Western, liberal arts approaches to learning.
By Sarah Sweeney, Harvard Staff Writer Harvard Gazette
“It’s funny that I’m this ‘online’ person now, when I’m so backward,” said Elisa New. In her Barker Center office, shelves of antique books — many of them first editions — sat everywhere. An early hardback issue of Poetry magazine poked from a glass case.
This event will showcase some of the latest in digital innovation in the classroom. Come at 12 noon for lunch, and take a few minutes to talk to some of the undergraduate pioneers in History Lab at a poster presentation in the Great Space. The Digital Teaching Expo will begin at 12:30, with short presentations by Faculty and TFs involved in the Digital Teaching Fellow pilot program this fall, followed by general discussion.