Series: xConsortium Series of Course Reports

The xConsortium Series of Course Reports examines data collected from the initial edX course offerings.  The first in this series of papers are the HarvardX and MITx Series of course reports.  While each series addresses only those courses offered by the sponsoring institution, the body of work represents a collaborative research initiative designed to contribute to a larger conversation about, “how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online”.  The overview report examines the data from the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013 in aggregate. The data set represents the de-identified data used to draft the reports in this series.  The link to the data set below also include support docuemntation. It is our hope that this series of reports and the open access to the accompanying data set can facilitate community discussion around such issues as the emerging opportunities, continued challenges, implications for instructional design, and additional research questions worthy of examination. 

HarvardX Series of Course Reports

The HarvardX Series of Course Reports presents and examines the data from the first six Harvard courses offered on the edX platform.  They address simple questions across multiple courses: Who registered?  What did they do?  Where are they from?  They also discuss the how learning objectives and course structures may have contributed to the findings.  We challenge the EducationXPress Community to examine the these course reports, pose questions to the authors or the EducationXPress community, and contribute to an ongoing dialogue aimed at improving course design, delivery and outcomes.

MIT X Series 

The MITx Series of Course Reports presents and examines the data from the first 12 courses offered on the edX platform.  Written as part of a collaborative research initiative with the HarvardX team, they examine demographic, engagement, and completion data from each of the courses.  These initial reports cover courses offered during the fall and spring semesters of the 2012-2013. We invite the EducationXPress Community review these course reports with an eye towards continuous improvement of the design and delivery of digital and hybrid learning.  Use the comments to share your own insights or pose questions to the authors or the EducationXPress community at large.