During the 2013–14 academic year, Harvard Extension School offers the following courses that can also be found on edX:

  1. CLAS E-116/W Concepts of the Hero in Classical Greek Civilization (fall and spring)
  2. HIST E-1825 China (fall)
  3. CSCI E-50 Intensive Introduction to Computer Science (fall and spring)

Register for the Harvard Extension School course if you:

  • Want to turn in assignments and receive extensive evaluation of your submitted work from instructors with expertise in the subject matter.
  • Need to earn academic credit documented by a Harvard Extension School transcript.
  • Are pursuing a degree through Harvard Extension School or another institution where you will want to transfer credits for this course.
  • Need or want access to a number of student services and campus resources offered to students by Harvard Extension School.
  • Can complete the course within the academic semester, attending weekly sessions online and completing assignments by due dates in the syllabus.

The registration deadline for spring 2014 courses is January 26, though students may register through February 3, 2014, with a late fee. See Registration for more information.

Sign up for the free edX version if you:

  • Are intellectually curious about the subject matter.
  • Wish to access the course material at any time.
  • Are not interested in earning academic credit.
  • Are not interested in direct evaluation of your work from expert instructors.
  • Are not interested in or do not need student services and campus-based resources.

What is edX?

edX is a nonprofit, online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT. If you want to fulfill your intellectual curiosity and are not interested in earning academic credit for a course, edX is a great way to challenge yourself with new material. Participants who complete edX courses may earn a noncredit certificate from edX upon successfully completing the homework and exams per the syllabus.

How does the noncredit option of the Harvard Extension School course differ from the edX course?

In addition to undergraduate and graduate credit, you may choose to register for the noncredit tuition for the Harvard Extension School courses. Noncredit status means you audit the course and may not take final exams or submit final projects. In some courses instructors will accept and correct other written work from noncredit students, but they may not assign grades for that work. 

As a noncredit student, you do not receive grades or academic credit, but the courses do appear on your transcript. In contrast, edX courses do not appear on a transcript.