Last September, HarvardX, the University-wide strategic initiative to enable faculty to build open online learning experiences and to conduct research, invited creative coders from around the world to a learning technology challenge.

The task to create an interactive visualization of the binomial distribution was met with enthusiasm, as the winning entry would find its way into online courses taken by thousands of students learning the topic of probability.

First prize went to a team of Hong Kong-based coders, Pierre Boquet and Fabrice Demichel, representing an open EdX project FBMX.

The winning tools can be viewed online:

  • http://databits.io/bits/fbmx-binomial-distribution
  • http://databits.io/bits/interactive-visualization-of-the-binomial-distribution