Past Events

  • 2017 Apr 27

    Exploratory Seminar on Case Teaching

    Location: 

    Science Center - 418D, 1 Oxford St Cambridge MA
    9:00am to 3:00pm

    The Bok Center’s Exploratory Seminar on Case Teaching will bring together faculty from across the Harvard community to examine what “case study” teaching currently looks like in different schools and disciplines, and imagine, as a group, how we can support and expand case-based approaches in the classroom. By experiencing firsthand a few different flavors of case teaching, we’ll identify the varieties of “case study” teaching being used in different schools and disciplines. We’ll then ask whether these varieties reflect different student populations and different learning goals.

  • 2017 Apr 26

    Teaching as Performance and Improvisation

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    This workshop will explore teaching as a performance practice, enacting experimental possibilities through improvisation, embodiment practices, and collaborative exercises. Drawing on techniques such as Meisner, Viewpoints, Action Theater, and facilitation techniques such as Circling, we will examine horizontal leadership, non-hierarchical collaboration, and collective decision-making. Participants will leave with specific activities to bring to the classroom and other leadership settings, as well as greater awareness of the collective body as a teaching tool.

  • 2017 Apr 25

    Teaching Awards Reception for Lecturers and Preceptors

    Location: 

    Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning, Science Center 318, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Excellent teachers during the fall semester 2016 will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

    This event may be photographed. For concerns, contact bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu.

  • 2017 Apr 13

    Teaching Awards Reception

    Location: 

    CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Excellent teachers during the fall semester 2016 will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in cooperation with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

    This event may be photographed. For concerns, contact bokcenter@fas.harvard.edu.

  • 2017 Apr 12

    Harvard Horizons

    Location: 

    Sanders Theater
    4:30pm to 6:00pm

    Each year, eight outstanding PhD candidates are chosen to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching, from the Bok Center staff,designed to enhance their presentation skills. The program culminates in a symposium of brief, compelling talks where these scholars present their research from the Sanders Theatre stage.

  • 2017 Apr 12

    Teaching with Objects

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    We spend a lot of time during traditional lectures teaching about objects - from tools to paintings to zoological specimens. Yet, the objects themselves carry stories, evoke a sense of wonder and exploration, and challenge students to grapple with disciplinary knowledge to create and apply meaning. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for moving from teaching about objects to letting objects do the teaching, and for facilitating student learning during object handling and observation. Participants are encouraged to bring a small object to use during teaching practice.

  • 2017 Apr 07

    Email Etiquette for Effective Communication

    Location: 

    Harvard International Office Conference Room at Smith Campus Center Room 864
    10:00am to 12:00pm

    Email is ubiquitous, but using it appropriately is a minefield even for the most communication savvy. How formal or informal should you be, and how do you know? By reviewing and discussing sample messages, participants will learn concrete strategies and ideas for effective email communication. We will also discuss common pitfalls and get some tips and tricks for effective use of email for professional and academic contexts.

  • 2017 Apr 05

    Argument Maps for Writers

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Argument maps visualize the logic of arguments. They help systematize and navigate complex information; they encourage clearly articulated reasoning; and they promote quick and effective communication. Argument maps can be an especially powerful tool for writers because they explicitly represent and organize relationships between claims and evidence. This workshop will first provide an introduction to argument mapping and to software tools for argument visualization. Then we’ll discuss specific strategies for employing argument maps in drafting and workshopping academic writing.

  • 2017 Mar 29

    Designing and Responding to Creative Projects

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318
    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    We are begining to assign students projects that demand increasingly complex vocabulary, technical expertise, and creative or aesthetic skills. To ensure that these projects are pedagogically effective, we need to attend ever more carefully to the ways we design, support and evaluate such projects. In this session, we will discuss best practices for designing both formative and summative creative assignments and for giving students feedback on these assignments.

  • 2017 Mar 23

    Faculty Lunch on Learning in Arts and Humanities

    Location: 

    Bok Center Community Space, Science Center Room 318
    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Faculty Lunch on Learning in the Arts and Humanities with Ruth LingfordSenior Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies.

    Professor Lingford will discuss her experiences using hands- on animation techniques to help students think about science. 

     

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