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By Leah Shafer 11/06/2016 10:32 AM EST
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In an ELA classroom’s scramble to cover all requirements — novels and short stories, grammar and vocabulary, expository and creative writing — poetry can get pushed to the sidelines. Teachers and students alike can assume poetry is dense, bewildering, and unnecessary. But engaging young people with poetry today may be easier than it seems. “This generation understands poetry. They’re writing poetry,” says Professor Elisa New, whose ambitious Poetry in America project aims to bring poetry “into classrooms and living rooms around the world.” The cultural dominance of hip hop — from mainstream...
By Matt Weber 03/23/2016 4:28 PM EDT
Diane Moore
The puzzle of how to best teach religion — and how to teach teachers how to best teach religion — is one that Harvard Divinity School Senior Lecturer Diane Moore has been grappling with for a good part of her career. As a result, she has developed a set of tools about how to think about religion that she feels is not only beneficial to those who teach religion, but also to the general public. Now, as part of the HarvardX course, World Religions Through Their Scriptures, she and her teaching partners will be able to share these methods with students around the world. "I'm really eager for...
By Leah Shafer 12/08/2015 7:50 AM EST
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The latest piece of news on MOOCs — massive online open courses — suggests that they may not yet be the great democratizer of education that they were envisioned to be. One of the driving ideas behind MOOCs is that they are accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of previous educational achievement, socioeconomic status, or physical location. A teenager in rural Montana, a construction worker in Atlanta, and a grandmother in India can take the same courses from the same professors as a Harvard student in Cambridge — for free. Falling Short But a new article in Science by Harvard...
By Matt Weber 04/29/2015 5:08 PM EDT
Kathy Boudett
Since its inception, the ultimate goal of the Data Wise Project has been to provide every student with an excellent education. The way to accomplish this, they feel, is to help teachers make the best possible use of all of the data they have access to. The Data Wise Project has developed a full portfolio of learning opportunities to support educators in using a wide range of data sources to improve teaching and learning. These courses rely on Data Wise, Data Wise in Action, Meeting Wise and Key Elements of Observing Practice as core texts and require as pre-work the open online...
By News editor 04/06/2015 4:23 PM EDT
MOOC
Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor Andrew Ho was a co-lead author on one of the largest studies to date on massive open online courses (MOOCs). An excerpt follows from an article published in the Harvard Gazette on April 1, 2015, "Massive Study on MOOCs". Since “Year of the MOOC” became a catchphrase in 2012, massive open online courses have had their fans and detractors. Some have claimed that online learning is a “disruptive revolution” and a harbinger of the end of residential colleges, while others have called MOOCs at best “mere marketing” or at worst an abject failure,...
By James E Ryan 07/23/2014 9:23 AM EDT
HarvardX - A Year Later
It is fair to say that MOOCs have captured the world’s imagination as to what might be possible for education, both now and in the future. MOOCs have also generated controversy, with some wondering about their implications for residential education and others asserting that their hype exceeds their grasp.I would like in this blog post to address a slightly different question, which is what sort of learning can occur through MOOCs and other online offerings? We know that online learning works for knowledge and skills. But can MOOCs change the way people behave? That was one of the questions...
By Newseditor 06/24/2014 10:50 AM EDT
HarvardX - A Year Later
HGSE's second HarvardX offering, Leaders of Learning, taught by Professor Richard Elmore, begins on July 8, 2014. The six-week course will help students to identify and develop their personal theories of learning, and explore how they fit into the shifting landscape of learning. Video of edX | HarvardX: Leaders of Learning: GSE2x About Video Learn more about Leaders of Learning and register today.    
By Matt Weber 03/10/2014 2:59 PM EDT
Harvard EdCast: Unlocking the Immunity to Change
On March 11, Professor Robert Kegan and Lecturer Lisa Lahey will launch the Ed School's first HarvardX course, Unlocking the Immunity to Change. Open to anyone, anywhere, this course will help students apply Kegan and Lahey's psychological theory about personal change to improvement goals of their own. In this edition of the EdCast, Kegan discusses the mechanics, challenges, and excitement in teaching his new HarvardX course, the first of its kind at HGSE. About the Harvard EdCast  The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U...
By Matt Weber 01/21/2014 10:55 AM EST
HarvardX - A Year Later
During the 2012-2013 academic year HarvardX launched six courses on edX, an online learning platform jointly founded by Harvard and MIT. In addition to expanding access to knowledge and improving residential education, one of the underlying goals of the enterprise was to advance research on learning. In this edition of the EdCast, HarvardX research fellow Justin Reich, Ed.D.'12., examines the effectiveness of edX's open online courses through quantitative and qualitative research.   On Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m., the HarvardX research team will discuss a series of course reports...
By News editor 01/17/2014 4:27 PM EST
The First Year of HarvardX
During the 2012-2013 academic year HarvardX launched six courses on edX, an online learning platform. On January 21, the HarvardX research team and MIT's Office of Digital Learning, released a series of course reports and discussed research findings.  &amp;lt;a href="http://storify.com/HarvardEd/the-first-year-of-harvardx.html" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the story &amp;amp;#8220;The First Year of HarvardX&amp;amp;#8221; on Storify&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;noscript&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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