Archive: October 2013

HarvardX research: both foundational and immediately applicable

by Sergiy Nesterko, HarvardX Research Fellow

There is a difference between research and how innovation happens in industry. Research tends to be more foundational and forward-thinking, while innovation in industry is more agile and looks to generate value as soon as possible. Bret Victor, one of my favorite people in interaction design, summarizes it nicely in the diagram below.

WAYS OF KNOWING CONFERENCE LIVESTREAM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FRIDAY 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM

"Bioethics Rebound, Religion and Social Science as Social Practice"

SHERINE HAMDY

AUTONOMY MODULE ADDRESS: SATURDAY12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Autonomy Then and Now"

DAVID C. LAMBERTH

RITUAL MODULE ADDRESS: SATURDAY 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

"Ritual Disjunctions: Theories of Ritual from China and Elsewhere"

MICHAEL JAMES PUETT

The Education of a MOOC Dropout

by Justin Reich, Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow

Republished from Education Week, October 23, 2013

In my HarvardX datasets, and in the dataset of most xMOOCs, there is a column called something like "got_certificate." It's a binary field in the dataset, and participants have a 0 if they have not earned a certificate and a 1 if they do. 

WAYS OF KNOWING BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT #2

In just a few days 120 graduate students and early career scholars will converge upon Andover Hall for the second annual “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion.” Our panelists represent sixty academic institutions from across the United states and the world, and they include master’s and doctoral students as well as post-graduates and junior faculty. The many paper titles in the conference program reflect a broad spectrum of interests, disciplines, and methodologies. The conference promises a high-energy gathering in a friendly environment.

As a scholar of religion the great joy of a conference like this is the remarkable diversity of thought and experience that gathers for these two days. Regardless of my research focus, my favored theoretical tools, or my religious tradition I can learn something from every project present. Last year’s conference saw panels on Latina feminist intercultural epistemologies, Muslim networks of solidarity, and Foucauldian reflections on friendship, among many others.  This year’s conference includes panels on missionaries, medicine, and imperialism, ritual in ancient Jewish texts, and a range of panels exploring the intersection of science and religion. This remarkable diversity makes “Ways of Knowing” the most exciting conference of its kind.