Delving into data, study aims to improve and personalize massive online learning (Harvard Gazette)

A study by HarvardX researchers will use the diversity of courses and modules in the HarvardX catalog to potentially gain deeper insights into course-to-course variability. (Image courtesy of HarvardX)

A study by HarvardX researchers will use the diversity of courses and modules in the HarvardX catalog to potentially gain deeper insights into course-to-course variability. (Image courtesy of HarvardX)

HarvardX-affiliated researchers have received a grant to study how massive open online courses (MOOCs) might be adapted and personalized based on the demographic data and usage patterns of students.

The study, called “MOOCs Personalization for Various Learning Goals,” will be led by Sergiy Nesterko, a HarvardX research fellow, and Svetlana Dotsenko ’10, founder of the online educational platform Project Lever.

“We are excited about the current scale of online learning,” said Nesterko, who earned a doctorate in statistics from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in applied math from the University of Toronto. “The data from this study could help us to tailor learning experiences for individual students around the world.” Read more.

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