Food for Thought Friday: What Harvard Has Learned About Online Classes

by Kristie Burk

If you’re teaching a blended class or you just want to incorporate more digital learning into your face-to-face classroom, take some time this weekend to read “What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBX” from Harvard Business Review.

Last year, The Harvard Business School launched HBX, a digital learning initiative. By all accounts, it has been successful; the completion rate was just over 85% with high satisfaction scores.

In this excellent article, authors Bharat Anand, Jan Hammond, and V.G. Narayanan discuss some of the important things that they’ve learned, including:

  • making sure the students get to know each other before collaborating;
  • requiring students to interact with the material (watching a video doesn’t count);
  • and tying participation and online collaboration to grades.

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