The classroom is evolving. Teaching is no longer just a matter of delivering content, and learning is not just about “acing the exam”. Effective courses now incorporate new media and greater interaction between student and instructor. So what happens if we reimagine teaching and learning as mixed media artwork? Your classroom could bring together text and voice, videography and movement, even graphic design, 3D modeling, and performance art. The Learning Lab is here to help you make the most of these innovations. Read more about Teaching and Learning as Mixed Media Art
Bok Center Community Space, Science Center Room 318
Faculty Lunch on Learning in Social Science with Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences,Department of Sociology.
Professor Sampson will share strategies that he uses in his Gen Ed course, “Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City,” to encourage civic responsibility, help students interpret and produce data on the diverse environments beyond the Harvard Square bubble, and facilitate connections between academic material and real life. Read more about Faculty Lunch on Learning in the Social Science
Podcasting and digital storytelling are gaining popularity in undergraduate classes. In this workshop, we will lead you through the process of podcast-creation from start (recording) to finish (editing and upload). We will introduce the tools required to get the job done, discuss some basic storytelling principles, and practice voice and writing techniques to make your podcasts engaging. We’ll also take a look at some sample podcasting assignments and brainstorm how you might integrate them into your own classroom. Read more about Podcasting
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. Read more about Designing and Responding to Creative Projects
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. Read more about Argument Maps for Writers
Harvard International Office Conference Room at Smith Campus Center Room 864
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. Read more about Email Etiquette for Effective Communication
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. Read more about Teaching with Objects
CGIS South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
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.