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University

Harvard Introduces Digital Accessibility Policy Amidst Lawsuit

Harvard is implementing a digital accessibility policy intended to make its websites and web-based applications more accessible to those with disabilities, the University announced Thursday.

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Extension School

Lawsuit Alleging Illegality of Harvard’s Failure to Caption Online Content Moves Forward in Federal Court

After years of motions and hearings in a 2015 lawsuit against Harvard alleging the school failed to closed caption its public online content and provided inaccurate closed captions where they did exist will move forward in federal court.

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Harvard Medical School

Medical School Launches Opioid Online Learning Course for Educators

Harvard Medical School faculty and staff collaborated with the American Federation of Teachers to release an online course earlier this month that aims to educate the union's more than 1.7 million affiliates on the opioid crisis.

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Extension School

Extension School and MIT Develop New 'MicroMasters' Initiative

Huntington D. Lambert, dean of the Division of Continuing Education and Extension School, hailed the new program as a great addition to the School’s existing offerings.

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edX

Under Bacow, Possibilities for Growth in DCE and edX

University President-elect Lawrence S. Bacow said he is interested in creating more opportunities for underresourced communities to access Harvard and its teaching at a press conference on Sunday.

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Graduate School of Design

School of Design To Offer Free Online Course

​A new online course from the GSD will offer students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of architecture from Harvard professors for free.

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Central Administration

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning Bol to Step Down at End of Summer

Bol’s decision comes after a five year tenure in the job; he was the first person to hold the position, which administrators debuted in 2013.

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Technology

EdX Courses Take Less Time Than On-Campus Ones, Report Says

Students using Harvard and MIT’s edX courses take significantly less time to complete the online programs than students enrolled in the equivalent on-campus classes do, a wide-ranging report on the virtual education platform found.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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