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HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses

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Isaac Chuang

Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Andrew Ho

Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

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In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online courses launched on the nonprofit learning platform, edX. These reports set expectations for the demographics and behavior of course participants and established an analytic framework for understanding the then-nascent online learning context known as the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

This “Year 4 Report” extends these earlier findings to four complete years of HarvardX and MITx courses on edX, resulting in one of the largest surveys of MOOCs to date: 290 courses, 245 thousand certificates, 4.5 million participants, 28 million participant-hours, and 2.3 billion events logged online. We present our findings in a series of nine exhibits that address questions about the evolution of the MOOC movement from its birth in 2012, through its current adolescence.

Topics: Digital Pedagogies Massive Open Online Courses Education at Scale

Tags: MOOCs MITx HarvardX edX Online Learning Higher Education residential learning

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