Harvard University Online Course on Learning

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This summer Harvard University is offering an open online course, ‘Leaders of Learning'. This 6-week course helps in gaining the tools to imagine and build the future of learning.

In this free online course applicants will identify and develop their personal theory of learning, and explore how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning. The course starts on May 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2-4 hours/week
Subject:Leaders of Learning
Institution: Harvard University and edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $90.
Session: Course starts on May 2016.

Providers' Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world's best universities. EdX courses are open to everyone. All you need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and, of course, a desire to learn.

Harvard University and HarvardX are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination or harassment in our program.

About This Course

All of us carry explicit or implicit theories of learning. They manifest themselves in the ways the university learn, the ways we teach, and the ways we think about leadership and learning.

In Leaders of Learning, applicants will identify and develop their personal theory of learning, and explore how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning. This isn't just about schools, it's about the broader and bigger world of learning.

The education sector is undergoing great transformation, and in the coming decades will continue to change. How we learn, what we learn, where we learn, and why we learn; all these questions will be reexamined. In Leaders of Learning we will explore learning, leadership, organizational structure, and physical design.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Video transcripts will be offered in English and Español.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to define your personal theory of learning
  • What leadership looks like in different learning environments
  • How an organization's structure reflects its theories of learning
  • How physical and digital design shape learning
  • How neuroscience will affect the future of learning


-Richard Elmore
The Gregory R. Anrig Research Professor of Educational Leadership
Harvard University



How To Join This Course

1.Go to the course website link
2.Create an edX account to SignUp
3.Choose “Register Now” to get started.
4.EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
5.Once you sign up for a course and activate your account, click on the Log In button on the home page and type in your email address and edX password. This will take you to your dashboard, with access to each of your active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on your dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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