Series: MIT X Series

On May 2, 2012, the presidents of MIT and Harvard University stood side by side to introduce edX, a jointly owned, not-for-profit venture to deliver open online learning opportunities to anyone around the world with an internet connection. The goals of the enterprise include increased access to educational opportunities worldwide, enhancement of on-campus residential education, and research about effective technology-mediated education. The respective university efforts to achieve these goals are known as HarvardX and MITx.

“The potential of new technologies is presenting all of us in higher education with a historic opportunity: the opportunity to better serve society by reinventing what we do and how we do it. It is an opportunity we must seize.” - MIT President Rafael Reif

The first three MITx courses launched in the Fall of 2012, seven more courses launched in the Spring of 2013, and one in the Summer of 2013. As of this date, fifteen more courses recently completed or are about to commence, and dozens more modules and courses are in development. Now that data for the first 11 MITx courses have been delivered and analyzed, this is an opportune time to examine these first offerings, in order to inform ongoing course design and research.

MITx is pleased to make these initial reports available to the public (in tandem with the respective HarvardX courses). They address simple questions across multiple courses: Who registered? What did they do? Where are they from?

Teaching MIT Students to Think Like Cell Biologists: A Visual Approach
Sera Thornton, Mary Ellen Wiltrout
MITx series

Imagine sitting in a lecture hall and hearing the phrase, “prepare Golgi membranes from CHO 15 B1 cells after infecting them with VSV.” Can you visualize the process or molecular components involved? If you are an experienced biologist, then you likely performed an experiment similar to this, or at least are familiar enough with the ideas that you have no problem forming a picture in your brain of what this procedure would involve. Most of our undergraduate students are not experienced biologists, however, and have only a year or two of biology experience at Massachusetts Institute of...

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8.MReV Mechanics ReView—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #12)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“Mechanics ReView presents a college-level introductory mechanics class using a strategic problem-solving approach.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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14.73x The Challenges of Global Poverty—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #11)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“An introduction to development economics, from the urgent issues of global poverty and economics models that might explain them, to the policy implications of those models.” —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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8.02x Electricity and Magnetism—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #10)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“8.02x presents the basic concepts of Electromagnetism, and how this touches upon a vast variety of interesting real-world physics.” —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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7.00x Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #9)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“7.00x lets you explore the secret of life by guiding you through the basics of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, recombinant DNA, genomics, and rational medicine.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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6.002x Circuits and Electronics—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #8)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“6.002x teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #7)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“6.00x is an introduction to computer science as a tool to solve real-world analytical problems.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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3.091x Introduction to Solid State Chemistry—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #6)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“3.091x explains chemical principles by examination of the properties of materials.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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2.01x Elements of Structures—Spring 2013 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #5)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“A first course on mathematical modeling of structures and the mechanical behavior of deformable structural elements.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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6.002x Circuits and Electronics—Fall 2012 MITx Course Report (MITx Working Paper #4)
Daniel T. Seaton, Justin Reich, Sergiy Nesterko, Thomas Mullaney, James Waldo, Andrew D. Ho, Isaac Chuang
MITx series

“6.002x teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.”  —edx.org

This report was produced jointly by the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and the HarvardX Research Committee.

January 21, 2014

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