Digital Teaching Fellows Program

The Digital Teaching Fellows (DiTF) Program supports the implementation of innovative digital methods and tools in undergraduate courses at Harvard.


Courses in the program receive additional TF support with mentorship from the Digital Scholarship Support Group (DSSG) and Bok to develop digital tools that support the course’s pedagogical goals and create meaningful learning experiences. DiTF projects range from the creation of digital materials, such as websites, videos, or AR/VR experiences, to offering workshops and direct-to-student support on course assignments and projects.

The Process

Faculty accepted into the DiTF program can nominate or be matched with a TF who is funded for one term to develop digital tools and/or support course activities involving technology. The DiTF’s specific project will be determined by the faculty in consultation with program mentors. See here for more detail on expectations of DiTFs for Spring 2020.


Faculty benefit from collaborative support for integrating digital methods and tools into their course. Each DiTF receives training and support from DSSG and Bok. Course instructors and staff also have the opportunity to consult with Bok and DSSG staff. The program is designed to foster classroom innovation by mitigating the up-front costs in time and energy of designing and implementing such activities.


Eligibility: Any course in the FAS that has a primarily undergraduate audience is eligible for the program.

Fall term: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Monday, March 30, 2020
Spring term: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Application: Faculty interested in participating in the program should fill out this short form. The application requires basic course information as well as a brief description of the proposed DiTF project. Successful submissions will include a description of the digital elements to be incorporated into the course as well as an explanation of how those digital interventions support the course’s learning goals. All courses should consider sustainability when implementing new digital assignments and activities. Preference will be given to courses which have a plan for continuing the new activities after the initial investment of the DiTF program.

Faculty Application for DiTF Program


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In 2013, the Department of History piloted the Digital Teaching Fellows program as a means to support faculty and graduate students in the use of digital methods in our courses. The success of the pilot allowed the department to win a $200,000 grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) and expand the program to other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of History continued to run the program on behalf of the FAS until 2018, when the Digital Scholarship Support Group took over direct management. During this period the program supported 57 different courses, including 38 faculty, and 50 graduate students in 13 different departments. Read More

Digital Teaching Fellow Program Mentors

Jeff Emanuel

Jeff Emanuel

Associate Director, Academic Technology for FAS



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The Digital Scholarship Support Group brings together Harvard faculty and staff with expertise in a host of technical, pedagogical, and subject-specific areas across disciplinary and divisional borders, to provide faculty, students, and staff interested in incorporating digital methods into their teaching and research with a single point of entry to the many resources available at Harvard. Learn More