February 2014

HarvardX Nite Owl Jams

HarvardX's Faculty Director, Rob Lue, is kicking off Nite Owl Jam sessions, to be held bimonthly. The purpose of these evening meet-ups is to allow Rob and the course teams to have some quality time to dive into deeper discussion on course direction and vision. 

Course team members are asked to come with their creative thinking caps on and to bring course, module, or research content to discuss. Rob hopes these open informal meetings will be a successful way to share projects and voice any issues or problems teams may be experiencing, as well as a way for the group to provide and Read more about HarvardX Nite Owl Jams

Learning with MOOCs: A Practitioner's Workshop

written by Kalyan Veermachaneni, Ph.D

MOOCs have gone from a distant idea to a global phenomenon in less than five years. During this period MOOCs have innovated at a dazzling speed in content creation, delivery, feedback, testing and other aspects of the knowledge delivery process. The excitement of MOOCs has been the promise of "learning at scale". As a result, the primary focus of the design of MOOCs to date has been on "scale". We believe it is now time to focus our attention on the design for "learning".

This workshop plans to bring together the Read more about Learning with MOOCs: A Practitioner's Workshop

HarvardX at the Weissman Preservation Center

by Jeff Emanuel, Senior Fellow

Exciting things are happening at the Weissman Preservation Center!  HarvardX videographer Alex Auriema and video editor Pete Jahn capture the preservation process of MS Typ 41, a scroll from the Houghton Library collections that was produced in conjunction with the coronation of the French king Louis XI in 1461. The document, which is 39 feet in length, contains a graphic representation of the biblical history of the world and chronicles Louis XI's genealogical descent from the biblical first humans, Adam and Read more about HarvardX at the Weissman Preservation Center

Research at the Core of Innovative Pedagogy

HarvardX Research Committee's Co-Chair, Andrew Ho, is kicking off a weekly Research Lunch as a way to continue the mission to create synergy between the research and course development teams. 

Research-curious course team representatives are invited to join research team representatives at weekly, informal lunch meetings. The lunches will be divided into two one-hour sessions. The first hour is an open discussion format where researchers and course team members can pitch research ideas, discuss data, analyze findings, and provide feedback. During the second hour, team Read more about Research at the Core of Innovative Pedagogy