Over the past 40 years, the Derek Bok Center has supported and enhanced instruction at Harvard through the training of faculty and graduate students in effective pedagogy. This commitment to the development of current and future faculty remains a cornerstone of how we foster effective instruction. The Center developed groundbreaking approaches to reflective microteaching, and having set the standard in the field for consultative services combined with a cutting-edge professional development curriculum, it is now time to build on this foundation and redefine what a teaching and learning center can do in the 21st Century.
Today, we must deeply engage current educational research, multi-modal approaches to student engagement, and the use of technology and the Internet as educational tools. To this end and at the 40th anniversary of its creation, the Bok Center rededicates itself to the mission of enhancing learning at Harvard by integrating our traditional strengths in cultivating better instructors with an expanded focus on discovering new approaches to teaching and learning coupled with researching their efficacy in the classroom and beyond. The three programmatic foci that now define the Bok Center and its path forward are Discovery, Cultivation, and Research.
We invite you to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bok Center at a two-day symposium featuring conversations and activities that explore the possibilities for Discovery, Cultivation and Research in higher education. This is an opportunity for participants to develop and share their own ideas, and as the Bok Center becomes increasingly intergenerational, we welcome undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to the symposium. We therefore look forward to celebrating, exploring, and envisioning the future of learning together.
Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, May 5, 2016: A Night with Drew Faust and Derek Bok
On May 5th, we hosted a conversation on the future of Teaching and Learning between current Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust and Harvard President Emeritus Derek Bok.
Friday, May 6: A Day of Discovery, Cultivation and Research
On May 6th, our programming focused on the three pillars of the Bok Center: Discovery, Cultivation and Research. Pairings of Harvard faculty and guest speakers will address these issues in dynamic conversations. Throughout the day we will engage in active idea-generation sessions, with the goal of gathering some of the ideas that will inspire the next forty years of excellence in teaching and learning at Harvard.
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 Discovery, Exploration and Creativity
Alyssa Goodman, Robert Wheeler Wilson Professor of Applied Astronomy
Rosanne Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design
Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research
10:15 - 11:00 Active Break
12:00 - 1:00 Active Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Research
Richard J. Light, Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Benjamin Castleman, Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, University of Virginia
2:00 - 2:30 Wrap Up