Datafest conference photo Feb. 2017

VPAL Supports Harvard Data Science Event

February 8, 2017


VPAL joined a number of organizations in support of the inaugural DataFest conference spotlighting Harvard’s data science resources.  Read the Harvard Gazette story for more information on the Jan. 17-18 event.  


Grading the MOOCs

January 17, 2017

The Harvard Gazette ran a feature exploring new research findings on learner engagement and behavior from four years of HarvardX and MITx MOOCs.  Visit the Gazette's website to read the story

Understanding MOOC data

September 20, 2016

Campus Technology interviewed VPAL Research's Dustin Tingley and Daniel Seaton on using data from massive open online courses to help improve online learning.  Read the story here.  

Harvard and MIT Host Joint edX Data Workflow Conference

August 2, 2016


On July 29th at Harvard, a collection of data engineers and analysts from several colleges and universities in the edX consortium participated in a collaborative workshop to learn more about Harvard and MIT data workflows. Harvard and MIT have consistently partnered in reporting metrics related to their MOOC offerings and their joint research infrastructure is now essentially open source.  

Harvard Provost Looks at Education Everywhere, Anytime

October 29, 2015

Coined by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island, the term MOOC was a brainchild of necessity: the need to name a new learning experience in time for an upcoming talk.

Nearly three-and-half-years later, massive open online courses are common. MOOC has become a catchall, personifying the rapid evolution of educational technology, and indicative of the changes happening to higher education in the digital age.