Harvard Online Learning

The Harvard Online Learning portal provides a gateway for the public to gain access to Harvard’s extensive digital learning resources (from iTunes to SoundCloud to HarvardX).

Users will be one click away from a learning experience and a continuum of options, from free to paid, and programs that offer certificates and credit  that may be online only or hybrid (combination of campus and virtual).

The project is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and falls under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning.

Frequently Asked Questions…

What is the online learning portal?

  • Provides a gateway for the public to gain access to Harvard’s extensive digital learning resources (from iTunes to SoundCloud to HarvardX)
  • Allows users to be just one click away from the learning experience.
  • Offers opportunities for learning content producers around the University to feature their content, driving traffic to School-based learning assets. 
  • Gives online learners a continuum of options from free to paid with certificates or credit

Who is leading the effort?

  • Created under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning & Provost’s Office, the core team is comprised of members from FAS, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, HarvardX, and DCE (with additional input from leads at the exec ed programs).

What are the goals?

  • Assemble Harvard’s diverse and wide array of online learning in one place and represent “One Harvard.”
  • Demonstrate multi-platform approach to digital learning.
  • Be attractive, with curated content and easy navigation and search, replacing obsolete tools and sites.
  • Eventually become self-service for content providers.

What are the content sources and categories of content?

  • Content Sources: HarvardX; School sites; DCE/Extension School paid courses; Extension School Open Courses; HBS Exec Ed; HKS Exec Ed; HGSE Exec Ed; HSPH Exec Ed; HLS Exec Ed/PON; iTunes U; YouTube EDU; SoundCloud; DASH; Harvard@Home; HMS Department of Continuing Education;; Conversations@FAS; The Forum at HSPH; Great Teachers (FAS); Institute of Politics JFK Forum; Woodberry Poetry Room; WIDE World (HGSE); Usable Knowledge (HGSE); Working Knowledge (HBS); Life Sciences Outreach Program ; Natural History Museum Lectures; Peabody Museum Lectures; Justice with Michael Sandel; Harvard Archives: Harvard Library Digitized Resources

  • Categories of Content: Open Online Courses; For-Credit Courses, Certificates, and Degrees (offered primarily online); Professional Development (on-campus, online, blended); Executive Ed; Online Learning Materials

Where can I find out more information?