Learning Lab Workshops

In the Learning Lab, the Bok Center’s Media, Literacy and Visualization team (or MLV) works to support faculty projects involving many modes of communication, many media for expression, many audiences and registers.  In the Learning Lab Workshop Series, the MLV team (and select guests) will be offering members of Harvard’s teaching and learning community the opportunity to practice these new modes of communication and--just as crucially--to learn how they might engage their students in these media new and old, digital and physical.  

Participants are invited to bring current projects or ideas for future projects (though this certainly isn’t required), and participation in the Learning Lab workshop entitles you to special access to the people, space, equipment, software, art supplies, and resources required to build a pilot or prototype in your chosen mode.  Want to create a video short about your research?  To design a podcasting assignment for your students?  Design and populate a website?  Develop resources to support a creative project you need to support in a class you’re TFing for next year?  We are your partners.

 

2017 Mar 29

Designing and Responding to Creative Projects

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Room 318

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 Apr 05

Argument Maps for Writers

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Room 318

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 Apr 12

Teaching with Objects

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Room 318

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 26

Teaching as Performance and Improvisation

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Room 318

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 May 03

3D Modeling

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Science Center Room 318

Please register for the workshop here