[gov3009-l] Applied Stats Workshop - 2/18 - Justin Reich

Anton Strezhnev astrezhnev at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 16 12:49:28 EST 2015


Hi everyone!

This week at the Applied Statistics Workshop we will be welcoming *Justin
Reich*, the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow in the Office of
the President and Provost at Harvard University. He will be presenting work
entitled *Massive Open Online Courses and the Science of Learning*.  Please
find the abstract below and on the website
<http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/applied.stats.workshop-gov3009/presentations/presenter-justin-reich>
.

As usual, we will meet in CGIS Knafel Room 354 and lunch will be provided.
See you all there!

-- Anton


Title: Massive Open Online Courses and the Science of Learning

Abstract: Large-scale open online learning environments continuously record
learner activities: the 54 courses conducted by HarvardX and MITx in the
2013-2014 academic year had 1.1MM participants who recorded over a half a
billion actions. Increasingly, online learning platforms also support A/B
testing frameworks that allow for a variety of experimental designs. This
combination of data recording and experimentation opens up excited new
avenues for educational research. This talk will provide an overview of the
various research strands currently underway at HarvardX, inspired by social
psychology, behavioral economics, instructional design, computer science,
computational social science, and other fields. I will argue for three
important shifts in the future direction of online learning research: from
studies of engagement to research on learning, from siloed investigations
to institutional data-sharing, and from post-hoc observational studies to
more sophisticated research designs. One aim of the talk is to introduce
the Applied Statistics community to the data and research opportunities
available through HarvardX, and to encourage more faculty and graduate
students to begin new studies with these data and new collaborations with
us.
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