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Harvard boosts on-campus reuse of online course content

April 14, 2017

 

A Harvard University collaboration is facilitating reuse of content from HarvardX’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—offering new access to educational resources for on-campus teaching and learning.  

Education data scientists from Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Research team and technologists from Harvard University Information Technology and HarvardX have jointly created and are initiating a beta launch of HarvardDART (Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching): a modern search application easing discovery of digital teaching and learning assets… Read more about Harvard boosts on-campus reuse of online course content

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.  

 

VPAL Research, HarvardX work to Enable Adaptive Learning in New Online Course

February 2, 2017

HarvardX, a Harvard University strategic initiative, is running a massive open online course (MOOC) featuring adaptive learning and assessment algorithms, which tailor course material in response to student performance. 

Adaptive learning functionality–never before offered in a HarvardX course and featured in a few courses across the edX online learning platform–has been deployed in Super-Earths and Life, instructed by Harvard’s Phillips Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov. The effort aims to… Read more about VPAL Research, HarvardX work to Enable Adaptive Learning in New Online Course

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

Harvard and MIT Researchers Release New Report on Open Online Courses

January 12, 2017

 

A joint research team from Harvard University and MIT has announced the release of a comprehensive report on learner engagement and behavior in 290 massive open online courses (MOOCs). 

Building on their prior work – 2014 and 2015 benchmark reports describing the first two years of open online courses launched on edX, a non-profit learning platform co-founded by the two institutions – the team’s new study reviews four years of data and… Read more about Harvard and MIT Researchers Release New Report on Open Online Courses

Harvard and MIT Turn MOOC Data into Knowledge

December 22, 2016

 

Data generated from MOOCs, which operate around the clock, gather information on the page views, clicks, comments, and engagement of the tens to hundreds of thousands of students around the world taking courses at any given time.

Institutions are striving to realize that information's potential to improve course content, student experiences, and academic outreach to traditional and underserved communities. But first, they must separate the sea of data into meaningful categories presented in a usable form. Teams at Harvard and MIT aim to make this task easier by sharing tools… Read more about Harvard and MIT Turn MOOC Data into Knowledge

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.  

Data generated by MOOCs on the edX platform are continually increasing in size and complexity as millions of learners around the world interact with new platform features and course… Read more about Harvard and MIT Host Joint edX Data Workflow Conference

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.

In a recently released white paper, “Everywhere… Read more about Harvard Provost Looks at Education Everywhere, Anytime