New Schedule Opens New Teaching Possibilities

The start of the Fall 2018 semester marks a major change in the culture of the Harvard classroom: gone are the hour-long class periods, as well as the expectation that classes start seven minutes after the hour. The FAS has formally changed to a new schedule comprising 75-minute blocs interleaved by 15-minute passing periods.

The Bok Center is happy to help instructors think through how to adjust to the “extra” time which 75-minute and 165-minute periods offer. Read on for some quick and easy ways to get started!

Current News

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Winners of the 2017-18 ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize Announced

September 6, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017-18 ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize!

ABLConnect is an online database of active learning exercises developed by Harvard instructors and used in Harvard classrooms. The competitive Teaching Innovator Prize recognizes instructors from across Harvard institutions for their use of active learning. This year’s winners are:

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Upcoming Events

2018 Sep 27

Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in the Classroom: A Lunchtime Discussion


Science Center 418d
12:00pm to 2:00pm

How do gender and sexuality show up or remain invisible in the classroom, and how can this impact teaching and learning? In this lunchtime discussion, we hope to refine our awareness of how different identities enter the classroom, deepen our vocabularies for analyzing how power and privilege can correspond to different identities, and strategize ways to foster equity through our pedagogy.... Read more about Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in the Classroom: A Lunchtime Discussion

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2018 Oct 01

Faculty Lunch on Learning


50 Church St. Room 308
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Suzannah ClarkHow to Overhaul your Curriculum and Live to Tell the Tale  |  RSVP

Suzannah Clark, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music

As a veteran of successful curricular reforms at both Oxford and Harvard, Suzannah Clark has developed a keen sense for how to build consensus and align an undergraduate program with the intellectual priorities of its faculty.... Read more about Faculty Lunch on Learning

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2018 Oct 03

Dudley Herschbach Teacher/Scientist Lecture


Pfizer Lecture Room B23, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab,12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Is the classroom lecture becoming extinct or simply evolving?


Cathy Drennan

Professor of Biology and Chemistry and MacVicar Fellow at MIT
Professor and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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