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HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014


Andrew Dean Ho


Harvard University; Harvard University - HarvardX

Isaac Chuang


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning

Justin Reich


Harvard University - HarvardX; Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Cody Austun Coleman


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jacob Whitehill


Harvard University

Curtis G Northcutt


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Joseph Jay Williams


Harvard University

John D Hansen


Harvard University

Glenn Lopez


Harvard University

Rebecca Petersen


Harvard University - HarvardX

March 30, 2015


Abstract:     
What happens when well-known universities offer online courses, assessments, and certificates of completion for free? Early descriptions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emphasized large enrollments, low certification rates, and highly educated registrants. We use data from two years and 68 open online courses offered by Harvard University (via HarvardX) and MIT (via MITx) to broaden the scope of answers to this question. We describe trends over this two-year span, depict participant intent using comprehensive survey instruments, and chart course participation pathways using network analysis. We find that overall participation in our MOOCs remains substantial and that the average growth has been steady. We explore how diverse audiences — including explorers, teachers-as-learners, and residential students — provide opportunities to advance the principles on which HarvardX and MITx were founded: access, research, and residential education.

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Keywords: MOOC, massive open online course, HarvardX, MITx, edX, online learning, distance education, higher education, residential learning


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Date posted: March 30, 2015 ; Last revised: April 1, 2015

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Ho, Andrew Dean and Chuang, Isaac and Reich, Justin and Coleman, Cody Austun and Whitehill, Jacob and Northcutt, Curtis G and Williams, Joseph Jay and Hansen, John D and Lopez, Glenn and Petersen, Rebecca, HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014 (March 30, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2586847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2586847

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Andrew Dean Ho
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Harvard University - HarvardX ( email )
125 Mt Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02476
United States
Isaac Chuang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Office of Digital Learning ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
Justin Reich
Harvard University - HarvardX ( email )
125 Mt Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02476
United States
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Cody Austun Coleman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States
Jacob Whitehill
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Curtis G Northcutt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )
77 Massachusetts Avenue
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States
Joseph Jay Williams
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
John D Hansen
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Glenn Lopez
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Rebecca Petersen (Contact Author)
Harvard University - HarvardX ( email )
125 Mt Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA 02476
United States
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