The CharlesRiverX Colloquium (formerly the HarvardX/MITx Friday Research Colloquium) is a weekly gathering of researchers and educators interested in the intersections between learning and our increasingly networked world. Speakers range from global experts in their fields to early doctoral students or course developers preparing for their first public talk. Our talks range from work-in-progress updates on specific research or design projects to high-level synthesis of the state of a field. Our community and conversations are both friendly and critical. We meet at noon on Fridays (less often in summer and on holidays) and alternate between Harvard and MIT. Lunch is served.

Our conversations began as a meeting for MOOC researchers and course developers, but as HarvardX and MITx have expanded the scope of their work to include a wide variety of online and hybrid offerings drawing on a diverse range of pedagogies, the scope of our conversations have expanded widely as well. We draw inspiration from diverse researchers and practitioners, and we benefit from serendipitous connections and insights.

The colloquium is organized by Justin Reich, with advisory leadership from Andrew Ho of Harvard University and Isaac Chuang of MIT, and assistance from the HarvardX Research Fellows and colleagues at MIT. Anyone interested in proposing a presentation of potential speaker should email Justin at jreich “at”

A sample of past speakers shows the breadth of our interests and community:


Carolyn Rose CMU Discourse in MOOCs
Scott Klemmer UCSD Design-Based Large Scale Learning
George Siemens UTexas at Arlington Learning Analytics
Candace Thielle Stanford University The Lytics Lab at Stanford
Brian Granger Cal Poly State iPython Notebooks and Research Publishing
Neil Hefferman Worcester PolyTech ASSISTments and Experimental Design
Diana Oblinger EDUCAUSE Online Learning and Higher Education
Kim Kastens Columbia University Discipline-Based Educational Research
Barbara Oakley Oakland University Lessons from a Basement MOOC Studio
David Cormier University of Prince Edward Island Rhizomatic Learning
Hiorki Oura University of Tokyo MOOCs and Japan
Natalia Kucirkova Open University FutureLearn and Open University
Jeffrey Lin Riot Games The Science of Player Behavior
Amy Horschak RISD Teaching the Arts Online
Inga Glogger University of Freiburg Preparing Learners for MOOCs
Jane Manning Stanford OpenEdX and Stanford
Michael Cima MIT Blended Learning on Campus
Eric Klopfer MIT EdTechX


MIT MOOCdb- Data Structures for MOOCs
Juho Kim MIT Video Behavior in MOOCs
Sayamindu Dasgupta MIT Data Programming in Scratch
Giora Alexandron MIT Machine Learning and Pedagogical Efficacy
Elena Glassman MIT Learnersourcing in MOOCS
Victor Schneider edX A/B Testing Infrastructure
Carlos Rocha edX Data Pipelines
Hunter Gehlbach Harvard GSE Similarity and Student Learning
Todd Rogers Harvard Kennedy Social Support Interventions
Karen Brennan Harvard GSE Creative Computing Online Workshop
Jenny Bergeron Harvard University Flipped Learning at Harvard
Joshua Goodman Harvard Kennedy The GA Tech CS MOOC
Jim Waldo Harvard University Data De-identification in MOOCs
Jon Haber HarvardX Assessment Design
Yoshuke Miyamoto Harvard SEAS Spaced Study in MOOCs