Graduate Students

2021 Feb 19

Bok Seminar - Designing a Syllabus

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Remote

Led by Eleanor Finnegan

If you were offered the opportunity to design a course from scratch, what principles would you use to guide your course design? In this seminar, we will read and discuss contemporary research on teaching and learning to identify what goals we should consider “central” to our course and how students are most likely to achieve them. We will also work together to identify principles of instructional design that allow our own teaching goals to become effective learning goals for our students. Over the course of the seminar, you will develop a novel syllabus...

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2021 Feb 12

Bok Seminar - Speak Up: Pronunciation for International TFs

9:00am to 10:30am

Location: 

Remote

Led by Sarah Emory

As a non-native English speaking teacher or scholar, what are strategies you can apply to improve your intelligibility when speaking English? What are features of English pronunciation you can use to make it easy for others to follow you? This hands-on, interactive seminar is designed to help you assess your own pronunciation and provide focused practice on common issues that affect intelligibility. Each class, we will complete exercises and activities that highlight different pronunciation features such as intonation, word and sentence stress, pausing,...

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2021 Feb 22

Bok Seminar - Engaging Audiences in our Professional Stories: Compelling Communication, Remotely

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Pamela Pollock and Bok Staff

What makes communication engaging? How do you tell your story as both a teacher and a scholar in your field? As graduate students and scholars, we need to be able to represent ourselves and our ideas in various modes and media, for a variety of audiences, and now we have to do it all remotely! This seminar is designed to help you practice the basics of crafting and delivering a talk, develop skills to make your communication compelling for different audiences, both orally, visually and online, and practice handling questions and other...

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2021 Feb 16

Bok Seminar - Teaching Remotely with Museum Collections Across Disciplines

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Rebecca Miller Brown and Jen Thum, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums

Images and objects are valuable tools for teachers: they illustrate arguments, give tangible expression to ideas, and provide a means to engage with concepts in new and novel ways. But how can they be integrated most effectively in online classes? How can we teach students to “read” them carefully and critically? In this seminar we will explore and practice strategies for encouraging analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and...

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2021 Feb 17

Bok Seminar - Let’s Play! What Games Can Teach Us about Motivation and Engagement

1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Lauren Davidson and the Learning Lab Team

Games! In this time of remote teaching, it’s not surprising that games have much to offer us as teachers working to motivate and challenge students online. After all, game designers have been thinking about a version of this design challenge for a long time. Most of us, however, haven’t taken the time to analyze the tools game designers use to motivate players-- mechanics such as adaptive challenge level; continuous, often low-stakes, feedback; timers and races; opportunities for strategizing and risk-taking, to name a few....

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2021 Feb 04

Bok Seminar - Making the Most of Remote Section: Active Learning, Feedback and Student Engagement

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Remote

Led by Bok Pedagogy Fellows

As we teach remotely this year, how do we know how we are doing? How do we keep students engaged, and make sure we are achieving our goals for section? In this seminar, TFs teaching this spring will be able to explore a different topic related to student learning, feedback and engagement each week. We will focus on active learning and inclusive teaching activities, and consider ways to build and maintain community, keep students engaged, and keep you (as the instructor) in touch with how they are doing and what they are learning. The seminar will...

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2020 Dec 10

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

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Online

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

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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 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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2020 Nov 19

Engaged Communication for Zoom Conference and Job Talks

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Online

Erika Bailey presents via Zoom at the Fall Teaching Conference.

Communicate your scholarship, engage your audience, speak with presence...even in Zoom!

Erika Bailey, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater; Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media

Are you preparing for conference talks or academic interviews this winter? When we think about communicating our research, we often focus on the material we want to share, what we should say.... Read more about Engaged Communication for Zoom Conference and Job Talks

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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2020 Oct 29

Game Time! (for International PhD Students)

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Online

This October, the Culture and Communication Consultants at the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers & Scholars at the Bok Center will be hosting two Game Times for international PhD students! Learn about American culture, connect with undergraduates and other international PhD students, and play games! We will play games like Taboo, Pictionary, or other active games to practice speaking skills like rephrasing and...

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2020 Oct 27

Game Time! (for International PhD Students)

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Online

This October, the Culture and Communication Consultants at the Professional Communication Program for International Teachers & Scholars at the Bok Center will be hosting two Game Times for international PhD students! Learn about American culture, connect with undergraduates and other international PhD students, and play games! We will play games like Taboo, Pictionary, or other active games to practice speaking skills like rephrasing and...

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