Several distance education programs are available. In addition to the programs listed below, many courses offered throughout the University have online components.
EdX is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone. View HarvardX courses available through edX.
The Harvard Extension School – Online Courses
The Division of Continuing Education and the Harvard Extension School offers many courses for credit over the Internet. The Internet is used to deliver course lectures with video, audio, and multimedia. Live lectures are recorded and made available on demand through “streaming video” technology. Students use additional technologies to work on exams and homework assignments and to communicate with the instructor and other students in the class.
Harvard Business Review – Harvard Manage Mentor
These online interactive exercises help prepare students for real-world challenges, with flexible, self-directed learning options. Their programs include expert commentary and real-life examples from Harvard Business School faculty and business leaders
Harvard Graduate School of Education – WIDE World
The goal of WIDE World is to transform school systems by developing professional communities of teachers and school leaders with interactive online courses and on-site support programs that enable schools to cultivate the critical learning students need for the 21st century world.
Harvard Kennedy School – Executive Education
Harvard Kennedy School offers a series of online Executive Education programs designed to reach an audience of nonprofit and NGO managers from around the world, who, given the costs and distances, are not able to attend on-campus Executive Education.
Harvard Medical School – Department of Continuing Education
Continuing Medical Education Online offers online courses and sample cases from HMS faculty. Their programs are designed to provide the most up to date information and strategies for physicians and allied health professionals.
Harvard School of Public Health – Master of Science Degree in Health Care Management
The Harvard School of Public Health offers a master's program in health care management partially online. The program features intensive weekend and summer sessions on-site, complemented by a distance learning component. The program allows participants to continue working full-time while pursuing the degree. The unique courses incorporate features of continuous learning, where skills learned in the classroom can be applied immediately to the participant's work site.
Other Online Learning Resources
Digital Harvard: A Collection of Online Educational Resources
This web site links to various online learning opportunities at Harvard, including Harvard at Home (a program that offers occasional online lectures and seminars), a directory of online courses, and news about distance education at Harvard.