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 build and create open online learning experiences for residential and online use, and to enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogies.

HarvardX integrates the development of instructional approaches and digital tools across Harvard’s campus by providing faculty with pedagogical and research support. HarvardX is one critical endeavor among many, designed to empower faculty to improve teaching and learning on-campus, online, and beyond.

A faculty-driven and university-wide effort, HarvardX aims to be collaborative and representational of Harvard’s academic diversity, showcasing the highest quality offerings of the University to serious learners everywhere.

Launched in parallel with edX, the Harvard and MIT founded not-for-profit, online learning platform, HarvardX is fully independent.

The HarvardX Mission

We have a three-part mission:

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

Our mission is informed by these high-level principles:

  • 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 design 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 supports a broad plan to build a flexible learning management ecosystem that promotes scholarship in teaching and learning.