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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.

Video Team Updates: Full House

August 28, 2014

Two more excellent members of our team, Hogan Seidel and Fred Ata, have joined HarvardX as full-time video editors with HarvardX.

Additionally, HarvardX will welcome four new faces to the HarvardX video editor team: Amanda Justice, Jared Voss, Chris Engles, and Walter Blazewicz. Amanda, Jared, and Chris will be starting on September 2nd; Walter will join us on September 8th. 

With these hires, HarvardX will have its complete full-time video editor team on board.

Welcome the HarvardX Documentation Assistants

August 19, 2014

Harvard students Eryn Heying (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Kimi Fafowora '17 (applied mathematics), and Briana "Bri" Belser '15, will all be at the HarvardX office this semester.

Eryn, Kimi, and Bri (who worked previously as a HarvardX video intern) will be working as Documentation Assistants, charged with carefully working through all our past courses and documenting things like course structures, video types, assessment word counts, and other interesting data.

Harvard Releases Pilot Studies on Blended Learning Experiments

July 28, 2014

Contact: Michael Patrick Rutter, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications/HarvardX michael_rutter@harvard.edu, 617-495-9028

July 28, 2014 – Cambridge, Mass – Harvard today released reports based upon a pilot-test of the implementation of four blended format courses taught at the College in the fall of 2013. Blended learning refers to the integration of online or other components into a residential educational experience. 

Note from the Executive Director: Welcome New Additions to the HX Research Team

July 28, 2014

I write to let you know that two new colleagues will be joining the HX Research Team on Monday, July 28th: Rebecca Petersen (Senior Research Manager, rebecca_petersen@harvard.edu) and Glenn Lopez (Research Programmer, glenn_lopez@harvard.edu).

You can find Rebecca in Office 429 with Valerie; Glenn will be sharing Office 423 with Justin.