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Lessons from Game Design: 3 Reasons to Add “Turns” to Your Online Class

April 14, 2020

As we are all gaining experience with remote teaching and learning, we are pleased to share a post on lessons from game design. Learning Lab Graduate Fellow Ceci Mancuso reflects on the mechanics that asynchronous online games use to connect players across the globe and what those mechanics can teach us about designing asynchronous experiences for our students.... Read more about Lessons from Game Design: 3 Reasons to Add “Turns” to Your Online Class

2020 Apr 30

STEM Journal Club

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/j/470650370

Please RSVP by the Monday of the meeting week.

For the schedule, readings, and to RSVP, visit: STEM Journal Club Canvas Site

Journal clubs meet biweekly during the academic year to examine recent literature in teaching and learning on various topics according to faculty interest. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend. Because journal club meetings are held over lunch, we request that participants RSVP in advance.

Our science education journal club...

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2020 Apr 14

Online Writing Assignments with Scalar

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqf-itpz0uwvrL0vc6VTKb8KzVFrDm3g

Introducing multimedia assignments into a class for the first time can seem intimidating. In this workshop, we will help you remediate an existing assignment in Scalar, a free, open source authoring and publishing platform designed to make it easy for authors and instructors to create born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

In this workshop, we will help you:...

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2020 Apr 03

Faculty Meet-up: Setting up and managing remote exams

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Are you planning to give a take-home or a closed-book test in your class but aren’t sure how best to manage that in a remote class? Join this session to learn how to set up either a take-home or a closed-book exam using just Canvas and Zoom. We’ll discuss how to ensure academic integrity, how to minimize technology-related stress for you and your students, how to manage AEO accommodations, how you and your TFs can access the completed exams for grading, and any related topic you bring.

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2020 Apr 02

Faculty Meet-up: Creating virtual labs that prioritize understanding as well as doing

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Most basic labs in science courses provide the hands-on experience of doing experiments coupled with subsequent data interpretation. More advanced lab courses also require students to design their experiments. In this meet-up we will discuss how combinations of lab simulations/videos, data sets and primary literature can create online “labs” that help our students understand a full arc of the scientific process.

 

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2020 Apr 02

Faculty Meet-up: What’s a “SAT” research paper? Revisiting your capstone assignment

10:00am to 11:00am

Before the start of the semester, you may have put in place a plan for a final assessment—say, a research paper—with the assumption that students would have access to on-campus resources (not to mention uninterrupted time) that may no longer be available to them. Now that the landscape has changed—and students will be graded SAT/UNSAT—your capstone might bear some rethinking. In this meet-up, we will talk about the kinds of assignments students may or may not be able to complete remotely, and about how to set meaningful standards without the extrinsic motivation of letter...

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2020 Apr 01

Faculty Meet-up: Fostering engagement and assessing learning in real time

3:00pm to 4:00pm

How are students doing, and how are they learning? Staying connected is at a premium in these challenging times, for instructors and students alike. As the instructor, how can you stay in tune with your students when the ways you usually check their engagement and understanding aren’t available? We will explore strategies for fostering active learning and student engagement in seminar courses, and share specific strategies to “read” the class via Zoom. NB: This session might appeal equally to Teaching Fellows leading discussion sections.

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2020 Apr 01

Faculty Meet-up: Group projects in the age of Zoom

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Whether your students were already immersed in a group project before spring break, or are just starting to prepare for a collaborative capstone assignment, you—and they—might be concerned about the additional challenges posed by the shift to a remote, online, and often asynchronous learning environment. How can students work together effectively if they are not on the same continent, let alone the same campus? In this session we can think together about some tools (like Slack and Google Docs) and strategies that can ensure that your students still learn meaningful lessons...

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2020 Mar 31

Faculty Meet-up: Combining live and recorded elements to meet course objectives

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Some course objectives focus on the transfer of content knowledge and skills, while others focus on discussion and critique. What was easy to combine in a classroom session can now be met by separate yet integrated components online. In this meet-up we will discuss how to combine live-synchronous with asynchronous online course elements in a manner that maintains coherence and is more manageable for our students.

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2020 Mar 31

Faculty Meet-up: Adding interactivity to your Zoom class sessions

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Now that you’ve gotten started teaching in Zoom, you may be ready to start trying to increase the interactivity of your class sessions. We’ll talk about non-technical techniques for bringing in student voices, using the simple Zoom tools like the yes/no action buttons and Zoom polls, and getting started with breakout rooms for small group discussions and problem solving.

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2020 Mar 26

Online Teaching "Happy Hour"

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join your fellow instructors and members of the Bok Center staff at a virtual happy hour where you can debrief your first week in an online classroom. Share your stories of successes, and also the epiphanies, challenges, and unresolved puzzles you've encountered. Don't miss the opportunty to connect with your peers and enjoy the support of a community that is learning with you.

2020 Mar 20

Practice Teaching

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Sign up for an opportunity to practice teaching with Zoom! A Bok Center facilitator will help you and three colleagues take turns delivering a practice lesson through Zoom, with plenty of time to troubleshoot technical issues, make suggestions about how to use online tools in the easiest possible way, and share thoughts about different approaches to moving online.

2020 Mar 20

Practice Teaching

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sign up for an opportunity to practice teaching with Zoom! A Bok Center facilitator will help you and three colleagues take turns delivering a practice lesson through Zoom, with plenty of time to troubleshoot technical issues, make suggestions about how to use online tools in the easiest possible way, and share thoughts about different approaches to moving online.

2020 Mar 20

Practice Teaching

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Sign up for an opportunity to practice teaching with Zoom! A Bok Center facilitator will help you and three colleagues take turns delivering a practice lesson through Zoom, with plenty of time to troubleshoot technical issues, make suggestions about how to use online tools in the easiest possible way, and share thoughts about different approaches to moving online.

 

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