With the results of students’ final
exams now recorded, CopyrightX—Harvard Law School’s first course offering under
the auspices of HarvardX, and HarvardX’s first limited-enrollment course—has come
to a close. The 12 weeks of the course generated a wealth of experiences and
data that will inform analysis of the course’s design and operational features,
as well as the next iteration of the course in Spring 2014.
The course sought to provide
participants a deep understanding of the copyright system in the United States;
a rough understanding of the ways in which the copyright systems of other
countries differ from that in the U.S.; and knowledge of the primary ways in
which the systems of all countries are constrained by multilateral treaties.
To access an overview of the course
design—which involved limited enrollment, hybrid pedagogy, combinations of
course materials and technologies, and live events—or to see the course
materials and links topress
please see theCopyrightX
Homepageon Professor Fisher’s personal site. This post offers some initial results
about participation and performance in the course.
the 500 admitted students:
(55.4%) attended the final meeting of their discussion groups;
(61.4%) satisfied the participation requirements set by the teaching fellows;
(49.4%) took the final examination;
(39%) passed the examination;
(38.6%) both passed the examination and satisfied the participation requirement
– and thus earned certificates of completion.
The following table
juxtaposes certain demographic subgroups of students with respect to (a) their
graduation rates (i.e., the percentage of accepted students who earned certificates
of completion and (b) their exam passage rates (i.e., the percentage of
students taking the exam who passed it):
In high school
Finished high school
Exam Passage Rate
the interesting fruits of this comparison:U.S. residents and non-U.S. residents do not differ materially on either
dimension; completion rates rise gradually with educational attainment; but the
exam passage rate is remarkably consistent across groups.The hypothesis that nonlawyers are capable of
mastering copyright law finds support in these numbers.
information about students’ performance and participation, as well as the
experiences of students, teaching fellows, and the course staff, will be shared
in the coming months.