edX

Interfaculty Initiatives

Spooky Shakespeare HarvardX Course Debuts on Halloween

A new massive open online course will debut on HarvardX Monday, but with a special Halloween twist: the course is titled “Hamlet’s Ghost.”

CS50 Lecture
College

CS50 Moves Away from Traditional Lectures, Toward Virtual Reality

Students enrolled in CS50 this fall will only be asked to attend two lectures in person, among other changes announced for the popular course.

HarvardX
edX

HarvardX to Offer New Premium Online Courses

Starting in September, the paid program, HarvardXPlus, will offer four eight-week courses, a departure from HarvardX’s current online course offerings, which are open to auditors for free.

FAS

EdX Inaugurates Financial Aid Program

The virtual education platform co-founded by Harvard and MIT now allows financially disadvantaged students to receive a 90-percent discount on course certificates.

Harvard Divinity School

Panel Demonstrates Divinity School’s New edX Course

​Professors of the Divinity School’s new edX Scriptures course shared an array of teaching strategies and resources from each of the six course modules at an introductory panel in Andover Hall on Tuesday.

Editorials

Improving Religious Literacy

A person who has intimately interacted with the holy text of a religion and explored the culture that accompanies it is not apt to make gross generalizations about its followers and will be able to crack through the veneer of religious misinformation that plagues America today.

Harvard Divinity School

Divinity School Launches Online Religious Literacy Course

Harvard expects tens of thousands of participants for the Divinity School's new edX aimed at promoting religious literacy.

Facebook at Puzzle Day
College

CS50 Forays Into High School Computer Science with AP Pilot

CS50, one of the College's largest courses, is adding high school education to its sizeable portfolio with an AP Course supported heavily by Microsoft and currently being piloted in more than 40 high schools across the nation.

HarvardX
Central Administration

New Study Raises Questions of Access for HarvardX

​A new study suggests online education may not be the panacea to income-based education gaps that proponents have claimed.

edX: “Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought”
Higher Education

edX: “Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought”

Tshingua University’s edX course “Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought” has come under criticism for purportedly espousing Communist party propaganda. A screenshot from the an introductory video on the course’s website shows the former leader of the People’s Republic of China.

edX: “Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought”
Higher Education

EdX Course on Mao Raises Questions of Propaganda

The course has garnered controversy, with some questioning whether it objectively teaches Mao Zedong’s theories, strategies, and policies and calling it a reiteration of the Chinese Communist Party ideology.

School of Public Health
Health

Public Health ‘Blended’ Online Degree Draws Praise

Launched with its first cohort in June, the School of Public Health’s blended degree program combines on-campus and online courses.

HarvardX
Central Administration

Provost Lauds HarvardX, But Questions Its Financial Sustainability

Alan M. Garber '76 projected that the current models for funding Harvard's branch of the virtual education platform are unsustainable, given the high monetary and time cost of generating online material.

Faust on University Education
Central Administration

Faust Kicks off Conference on Research in Higher Education

Harvard President Drew Faust was joined by Richard C. Levin, a former Yale president, and David J. Skorton, a former Cornell president.

Religion

Divinity School To Launch New EdX Course on Scriptures

The class, which will be taught by six faculty members and focus on the texts of the world’s major religions, will premiere this spring through edX, the non-profit MOOC provider that Harvard and MIT founded in 2012.