Professor & Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University

HarvardX and MITx open course reports

Posted on January 22nd, by George Veletsianos in emerging technologies, moocs, online learning, open. 8 comments

HarvardX and MITx released a number of reports describing their open courses. The overarching paper describing these initiatives, entitled HarvardX and MITx: The first year of open online courses is really helpful in gaining a holistic understanding of HarvardX and MITx learned about their initiatives.

My (preliminary) thoughts:

  • It’s exciting to see more data
  • It’s exciting to see education researchers involved in the analysis of the data
  • The researchers should be congratulated for making these reports available in an expeditious manner via SSRN
  • We need more interpretive/qualitative research to understand participants’ and practitioners’ experiences on the ground
  • I am wondering whether the community would benefit from access to the data that HarvardX and MITx have, as other individuals/groups could run additional analyses. Granted, I imagine this might require quite a lot of effort, not least in the development of procedures for data sharing.

The course reports appear below, and these are quite helpful in helping the community understand the particulars of each course:

8 thoughts on “HarvardX and MITx open course reports

  1. FYI, we’re making substantial progress towards data sharing. We hope to have something to release this month. De-identification is really the sticking point. But we think we’ll have a first tranche of data ready to share soon. Getting the data out (while respecting student privacy) is a priority.

  2. Pingback: MITx and HarvardX make some of their MOOC data publicly available | George Veletsianos

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