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2019-20 Bok Annual Report

2019-20 Bok Annual Report

January 5, 2021

We are pleased to share our 2019-20 annual report, which showcases highlights from the year, including how we helped facilitate the transition to remote teaching, examples of courses we supported, and stories of students who have taken part in our programming. Especially given the challenges of the past year, we are proud of the strength of our community, and that we worked with more faculty and graduate students than ever before.

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2021 May 06

Faculty Office Hours (Bok, Academic Technology, and Libraries)

Repeats every week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday until Fri May 28 2021 .
10:30am to 11:30am

Drop in at any time to have representatives of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology for the FAS, and the Harvard Library answer any of your questions about Canvas, Zoom, technology in teaching, or anything else pertaining to remote teaching.

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2020 Dec 10

Hope and Resilience in a Time of Loss: A Conversation with Prof. Kathleen Coleman

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Many of us look forward to the holiday season as a time for joy, togetherness, and hope for new beginnings. This year, however, it may be harder to summon a festive spirit, as we are all living with some of the symptoms of loss—mourning the canceled celebrations with friends and family, and looking back on a pandemic year marked by extraordinary economic, social, and political stress. Now more than ever we can learn from the many artists and authors who have chronicled their own experiences of loss, and of the insights and wisdom that sustained them through trying times. In lieu of our...

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Robert Lue, 1964-2020

November 13, 2020

We are heartbroken to share that our beloved faculty director, Robert Lue, passed away on Wednesday, November 11. Rob was appointed as the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in 2013. He had a vision for a teaching and learning center that would attract and energize faculty, graduate students and undergraduates; that would spark excitement and creativity about what could happen in the classroom; and that would build an intergenerational community around teaching. During the seven years of his tenure, Rob transformed the Bok...

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Explore the Golden Record!

October 28, 2020

"In 1977 humanity sent a mixtape into outer space. The two spacecraft of NASA’s Voyager mission include a Golden Record, featuring greetings in 55 earth languages, 116 images of the planet and its inhabitants, plus examples of music from a range of cultures across the world: from Azerbaijani bagpipes to Zaire pygmy songs, from English Renaissance dances to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and from Louis Armstrong to Chuck Berry. The samplings of earthbound auditory culture are on their way into the unknown.”

So begins the course description for Alex Rehding’s...

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 Championing Equity and Inclusion at the HILT Conference

Championing Equity and Inclusion at the HILT Conference

October 23, 2020

Bok Center staff played an active role in last Friday’s annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference on Championing Equitable Instruction and Inclusive Classrooms, a topic at the core of our work with instructors at all stages. In addition to our many staff who attended the conference as participants, two Bok staff members led breakout sessions. Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development, co-facilitated a breakout session on...

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Bok Helps “School Go Remote”

Bok Helps “School Go Remote”

October 21, 2020

This summer was a busy time at the Bok Center. In the November-December issue of Harvard Magazine, the Bok Center’s Director of Pedagogy Adam Beaver describes some of the ways in which the Bok Center worked with the Office of Undergraduate Education to help faculty prepare to teach remotely this fall. One of the unique challenges facing fall term faculty—one that they did not face in the spring, when they pivoted online halfway through the semester—was the absence of in person meetings where faculty and students  could build rapport and community that could be sustained...

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Media & Design Fellows Program Launches

September 25, 2020

The Bok Center is excited to announce the launch of a new graduate fellow program, the Media and Design Fellows (MDFs)! As part of the Bok Center’s Learning Lab team, MDFs support innovative course development within the FAS, partnering with faculty and staff to design a variety of digital tools, course materials, and assignments for undergraduate courses and departments.

Across the disciplines, faculty and students are innovating by deploying richer media (3D models, high quality videos, well-designed infographics and illustrations) and richer interactions...

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2020 Sep 23

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Drop in at any time to have representatives of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology for the FAS, and the Harvard Library answer any of your questions about Canvas, Zoom, technology in teaching, or anything else pertaining to remote teaching.

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Dispatches from the Field: Teaching Innovation Videos

September 16, 2020

Back in July, Peter Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, reached out to the Bok Center after a series of informal conversations with faculty colleagues about their innovative ideas for the upcoming semester, which would be taught entirely remotely. The faculty Girguis encountered were working hard across the summer to develop innovative, rich experiences for undergraduates in the fall. While some types of...

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TF? The ‘Berg? PAF? QRD? OEB? OMG! A Glossary of Harvard Terms

August 25, 2020

As we prepare to launch a new academic year, a lot has changed at Harvard—including the terms in which we speak about teaching. Now, in addition to asking how many pages of reading a professor assigns, we’re comparing notes on how they balance the synchronous and asynchronous components of their course, as if we’ve been forming our personal opinions about asynchronous learning for decades rather than mere months. Yet there’s an awful lot about teaching and learning at Harvard that can’t, or won’t, be renamed at the speed of Zoom. So much of what we do in...

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2020 Aug 27

Faculty Workshop: Teaching with Presence … even through Zoom!

1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Join the Bok Center and Erika Bailey (Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater; Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media) for a faculty workshop on cultivating a charismatic presence in Zoom! We spend most of our time preparing for class by focusing on what we need to cover— what we need to SAY. But are we actually reaching our students? Our physical as well as our vocal presence play an integral role in our ability to engage students. In this session, we will build vocabulary for effective and engaging speaking, and practice teaching as a physical act. Using exercises from the...

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