About Us

HarvardX is a University-wide strategic initiative, overseen by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, to enable faculty to create online learning experiences for residential and online use and to enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogy.

Launched in parallel with edX (a non-profit learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT), HarvardX is fully independent. As one critical endeavor among many across the University, HarvardX is designed to empower faculty to improve teaching and learning on-campus, online, and beyond. By integrating the development of instructional approaches and digital tools across campus, HarvardX provides faculty with pedagogical and research support, and aims to be  collaborative and representative of Harvard’s academic diversity, showcasing the highest quality offerings of the University to serious learners everywhere.

The HarvardX Mission

We have a three-part mission:

  1. Reach: Global access
  2. Residential learning: Recirculation on campus
  3. Research: Online & offline

These high-level principles inform our mission:

  • Impact
  • Quality
  • Disciplinary breadth
  • Harvard rigor

Our mission and our principles are expressed through by experimentation, iteration, recirculation, and collaboration.

Defining HarvardX

HarvardX is a faculty-driven, experimental catalyst for improving teaching and learning online, on-campus, and beyond. We use our unique resources to develop, disseminate, and test interactive teaching and learning. Our research experts in data and pedagogy provide a foundation for research in experimental designs for teaching and learning.

HarvardX presents an academically diverse, high quality, innovative collection of online learning activities to empower faculty teaching, enhance student learning, and support research. We aim to expand faculty and student opportunities in a financially sustainable manner.

HarvardX benefits faculty by providing additional pedagogical support and helping to integrate existing resources. We offer accessible technologies and tools and support a broad plan to build a flexible learning management ecosystem that promotes scholarship in teaching and learning.