Study identifies new cheating method in MOOCs

August 25, 2015

While the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, the digital classroom is also subject to many of the same issues as the traditional one — such as cheating.

In a new working paper, researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have identified a new method of cheating specific to open online courses, and have recommended a number of strategies that are proving effective in preventing it.

Welcome HarvardX Project Lead Zofia Gajdos

July 6, 2015

Zofia Gajdos has joined HarvardX a project lead.

Zofia comes to HarvardX from Harvard Medical School (HMS) where she was a curriculum fellow for the Infectious Diseases Consortium.

While at HMS, she worked on curriculum development and planning of paracurricular activities for graduate students who study infectious diseases across all of the Harvard life sciences programs and departments. 

Zofia has a particular interest in understanding how to bring technology into the classroom and identifying best practices for online and distance education.

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.