In the fall of 2013, faculty members from Harvard College pilot tested the implementation of four new courses taught in the blended format, integrating HarvardX materials with face-to-face classroom methods. These four courses were previously existing General Education (Gen Ed) courses that were redesigned to be hybrid courses. This experiment was driven by the University’s commitment to exploring new teaching and learning approaches and by the desire to gain insights into how to most effectively engage Harvard’s new generation of learners.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning created a set of four individual feedback reports to provide course instructors and teaching staff with information to inform future iterations of these courses. This approach was purely exploratory. In the companion report we presented individual course summaries followed by a discussion of what we learned about this first iteration of blended learning courses in aggregate.