As part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research Group, HarvardX focuses upon research projects that have the potential to:

  1. Inform the design of HarvardX courses / modules
  2. Improve residential education
  3. Answer key questions about how people learn
  4. Inform an understanding of who the learners are and their experiences
  5. Generate findings that are potentially generalizable
  6. Align with the priorities of HarvardX and University leadership.

For updates on the work VPAL Research is doing, visit the VPAL Research Blog.

HarvardX Learner Dataset 

HarvardX-MITx Person-Course Academic Year 2013 De-Identified dataset by MITx and HarvardX

This release is comprised of de-identified data from the first year (Academic Year 2013: Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Summer 2013) of MITx and HarvardX courses on the edX platform along with related documentation. These data are aggregate records, and each record represents one individual's activity in one edX course. For more information about the existing analyses of these data and the first year of HarvardX and MITx courses, please see the HarvardX and MITx working paper "HarvardX and MITx: The first year of open online courses" by Andrew Ho, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Daniel Seaton, Tommy Mullaney, Jim Waldo, and Isaac Chuang.

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