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From: Nathaniel Levy <nlevy(a)cyber.law.harvard.edu>
Date: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Subject: [berkmanfriends] New edX course: Copyright, Spring 2013
Cc: William Fisher <tfisher(a)law.harvard.edu>du>, Kendra Albert <
We’re excited to announce that Berkman Faculty Director Terry Fisher will
be teaching a version of his Copyright course on the edX platform in the
spring, beginning Jan. 28:
Unlike other “MOOCs” (massive open online courses), Copyright will be
offered to a relatively small cohort of 500 students, who will be admitted
via an application process and supported by a small army of Harvard Law
School Teaching Fellows. The Teaching Fellows will lead weekly, real-time
discussions for course sections.
The application process is open now through Jan 3. We're looking forward
to diverse and international participation, and would very much appreciate
if you could help spread the word to your communities:
- Tweet: https://twitter.com/berkmancenter/status/281801653223559168
- edX Copyright course page:
- edX Copyright application page:
Harvard Gazette story: below.
Terry, Nathaniel, Kendra, and the Copyright team
via the Harvard Gazette:
EdX expansion set for springHarvardX offers courses in humanities, law,
By Michael Patrick Rutter
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Students from around the world can enroll in edX courses, which are
designed specifically for interactive study via the Web. EdX, the online
learning initiative founded by Harvard University <http://www.harvard.edu/> and
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology <http://www.mit.edu/> (MIT),
announced <https://www.edx.org/courses>its spring course and module
With an emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences, topics include
the concept of the hero in classical Greek civilization and literature, the
riddle of world poverty, and global environmental change.
Harvard will offer four new courses during the spring season and several
“beta” learning modules. Although students will be able to register for the
HarvardX and edX courses immediately, the start and completion dates of
each will vary.
The three fully open HarvardX courses are:
- “The Ancient Greek Hero,” taught by Gregory
Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of
comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);
- “Justice <http://www.justiceharvard.org/>,” taught by Michael
T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, FAS; and
- “Human Health and Global Environmental
by Aaron Bernstein<http://chge.med.harvard.edu/about/people/aaron-bernstein>
associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at
the Harvard School of Public Health and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston
In addition, “Copyright” will be taught by William Fisher
WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and
director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
“Copyright,” which will explore the law of copyright and the ongoing
debates concerning how that law might be reformed, will be offered as an
experimental course, exploring different combinations and uses of teaching
materials, educational technologies, and the edX platform. Enrollment is
limited, based on the belief that high-quality legal education depends, at
least in part, on supervised small-group discussions of difficult issues.
Five hundred learners will be selected through an application process.
There will, however, be open access to course materials via Fisher’s
personal website <http://tfisher.org./>.
Although edX was launched just six months ago, nearly 200,000 people
registered for the first two Harvard courses (CS50x: “Introduction to
Computer Science I” and PH207x: “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in
Clinical and Public Health Research”).
All told, more than 500,000 unique users are engaging with the edX
platform. In addition to courses from the two foundational partners,
Harvard and MIT, in the coming year students will have opportunities to
experience offerings from the University of California, Berkeley; the
University of Texas system; Wellesley College; and Georgetown University.
“We have been surprised and gratified by how faculty have responded to
edX/HarvardX and the opportunity it provides to fundamentally rethink how
we approach teaching,” said Rob
of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for
HarvardX. ”It’s also clear that our first round of courses have had an
outstanding impact on learners around the world. The feedback we have
received from HarvardX students has been tremendously positive, and there
is so much more to come.”
On campus, CS50 and CS50x instructor David
using data insights and self-reports by course bloggers to tweak and
enhance one of the most popular classes at the College.
Beyond campus, the global reach of the edX platform is already showing the
power of massive open online courses (MOOC). U.S. Air Force pilot Michael
Dunn, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, wrote a letter to the
CS50x teaching team thanking the members for “an amazing experience.” He
also conveyed what he saw as the promise of widening educational access,
writing, “Please continue to make education available to the masses. It’s
the only way we’ll have a permanent, lasting impact in the lives of the
Given the growing interest by faculty and instructors to learn more about
how to build appropriate course content on the platform, Lue will lead a
series of practical workshops in January and February.
“We view edX and HarvardX not only as a way to expand access to
high-quality educational content, but also as an opportunity to enhance
teaching and learning on campus,” said Provost Alan M.
HarvardX is only one part of a broader University effort to develop novel
teaching and learning activities and gain insights on learning and learning
outcomes through research. The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching
(HILT), created through a gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, and the Derek
Bok Center for Teaching and Learning both plan to collaborate with the new
“Ultimately, HarvardX will strengthen on-campus learning, which is and will
remain the foundation of a Harvard education,” said Michael D.
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