Our one-page Bok Guides are a great starting point for instructors on a range of topics, including getting feedback, discussion leading, public speaking, and more. Each guide ends with a discussion of additional resources.
- How Do I Plan for the First Day of Class?
- How Can I Support My Undergraduate Students?
- How Do I Lead an Effective and Engaging Discussion?
- How Do I Use Feedback To Improve My Teaching?
- How Do I Manage My Time Effectively as a Teacher?
- How Can I Use My Voice to Communicate Clearly?
- How Do I Work on My Public Speaking Skills to Communicate My Research?
- How Will Using an Audio Journal Improve My Oral English Proficiency?
Hit the Ground Running: A Handbook for New Teaching Fellows
Our handbook is a great place to start for all of the fundamentals about teaching, whether you have questions about students’ expectations of their Teaching Fellows, how to create an inclusive classroom or how to structure a lesson plan or lead a discussion or lab section. Read it online, or stop by the Bok Center to pick up a hard copy. Copies are distributed at the Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week.
All universities have their distinctive cultures and bureaucracies related to teaching—their own, sometimes quirky, procedures for everything from allocating teaching assistants to determining the start and end time of class periods. Harvard may be even more unique than other universities, however, in the number and diversity of procedures and acronyms which have sedimented into its “teaching glossary” over the four centuries of its existence. This document is an attempt, necessarily incomplete, to render legible some of these insider terms and, when possible, to explain some of the assumptions behind them.
If you surface an example of "Harvard-ese" not included in this document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a suggestion that we include it!
Book Publication on Student-Centered Learning
“Partners in Creating Student-Centered Learning: Case Study of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University,” written by Tamara Brenner, Adam Beaver, Marlon Kuzmick, Pamela Pollock, and Robert Lue, examines the challenges that instructors may encounter when attempting to infuse their teaching with a student-centered approach, and describe strategies that the Bok Center uses to help faculty and graduate student instructors overcome these challenges. This chapter is included in the The Routledge International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
The Bok Center offers an online course in Higher Ed Pedagogy through HarvardX's partnership with GetSmarter. Designed by the Bok Center staff for university instructors of various career stages, the course is administered by GetSmarter, and prospective or current students with questions about enrollment, policies, etc. should contact GetSmarter directly. This course is not credit-bearing.