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HarvardX online courses to include faculty seminars

Seeking to expand educational opportunities to Boston residents, the Harvard Allston Education Portal announced Monday plans to enhance an online coursework program with in-person faculty lectures and discussions. Through the Ed Portal, which opened in June 2008, Harvard University has partnered with the Allston-Brighton community to increase access to educational resources for all residents of the neighborhood. […]

SED Dean Hardin Coleman to bring experience to Boston School Committee

School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman has been appointed to the Boston School Committee, a position he said he is excited for given his knowledge of and experience with successful schools. Coleman joins the Committee as its seventh member, replacing John Barros, who stepped down in April, according to a Thursday press release. Coleman will […]

BU to offer MOOCs after joining online course platform edX

Boston University will join online course platform edX to create increased flexible learning options for students both on and off campus, according to a Tuesday press release. “This is a very deliberate approach to looking at how BU can best be involved in creating and participating in the hybrid model and developing hybrid courses and […]

Student success linked to motivation, study suggests

While many factors contribute to a student’s capacity for accomplishment, naturally motivated students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to succeed, according to a new study. Stacey Doan, a Boston University psychology professor, said her most successful students have had genuine interest in the topic they are studying, self-discipline and an enduring educational curiosity. […]

Profs. say say education, media could combat Islamic stereotypes

In light of news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from predominantly Islamic Chechnya, students and professors at Boston University said U.S. citizens should not create harmful generalizations about the Muslim community and violence. “Violence doesn’t necessarily belong to Muslim extremism any more than it belongs to any other form of extreme […]