August 2014

HX Research Fellow Justin Reich Looks at the New edX Forum Features

"Over the weekend, edX announced some changes to the features in their discussion forums, and the changes illuminate some interesting issues in student behavior, pedagogy, and instructional design. 

"On the one hand, discussion forums are often seen as central to massive open online courses because in many courses it's really the only space where students can speak back to professors or one another. If you believe that one of the key resources for learning in MOOCs is the  Read more about HX Research Fellow Justin Reich Looks at the New edX Forum Features

The Writing's On the Wall at HX

HX Word Wall Image

The recently renovated digital studio at HarvardX features an exterior "word wall," capturing words and phrases suggested by the staff during a collective brainstorming session. 

The Atlantic Asks About the Future of Liberal Arts

Perhaps inspired by the entire disruption dialogue, The Atlantic is exploring the elasticity of the liberal arts. Some familiar HarvardX faces weigh in...

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless Read more about The Atlantic Asks About the Future of Liberal Arts

Learning with MOOCs Conference Puts Research at the Core

The Learning with MOOCs workshop just wrapped up. Held in Cambridge, Mass. on August 12th & 13th, the workshop brought together the educators, technologists, researchers, learning scientists, entrepreneurs, and funders of MOOCs to share their innovations and discuss the impact of new learning technologies on education.

HarvardX was there in force. Below is a list of the sessions (most available for viewing) with the HX participants highlighted in yellow.

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Learning by Design: The Physical Classroom Reconsidered

Learning is more than just mental, but physical. Where we learn may be as important as what we learn or who we learn it from.

Part of GSE2x, "Leaders of Learning" explores this notion with an architectural case study.

If you want to learn even more, check out this report from Marketplace

Architect Prakash Nair, the founder of Fielding Nair, led the design of the new and innovative P.K. Yonge Elementary Read more about Learning by Design: The Physical Classroom Reconsidered