Support for General Education

We can help with...

Aligning with Gen Ed's Mission

Framing Your Course
for Gen Ed

We can work with you to make small tweaks—or big changes—that ensure that students will see why your course belongs in Gen Ed.

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We've worked with faculty to:

  • name (or rename) a course.
  • write (or revise) a course description to attract non-specialists.
  • develop learning objectives suitable for Gen Ed.
  • incorporate exercises that encourage students see how a course relates to their lives in college and beyond.
  • compose assignments that ask students to engage the public in what they’ve learned.
Course & Assignment Design

Designing Assignments &
Capstones Aligned
with Your Goals

Formative or summative, in-class, out of class, or for the entire course: Bok can help you create meaningful assignments for your students.

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We've worked with faculty to:

  • revise flat or dated assignment prompts.
  • align assignments with their learning objectives.
  • brainstorm new assignment modalities.
  • develop new capstone assignments, and scaffold them back through the semester.
  • divide a course into units or modules.
  • test new assignments with students in our Learning Lab.
Drafting Assignments

Designing Your Syllabus
& Canvas Site

A well designed course deserves to be explained well. We can make sure that students gain a clear picture of your course from the moment they browse the catalogue.

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We've worked with faculty to:

  • write, format, and distribute their syllabi.
  • create their courses' Canvas sites.
  • partner with Academic Technology for the FAS to  integrate special features  into course websites.
Collections

Researching Collections &
Locating Teaching Spaces

Harvard is a large—and decentralized—place. We can help you find, create, and/or figure out how to incorporate campus resources into your teaching.

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We've worked with faculty to:

  • locate materials/collections for use in-class or in assignments.
  • conduct background research to inform lectures, assignments, and section activities.
  • schedule class activities in libraries, museums, and elsewhere on—or off—campus.
Teaching with Technology

Incorporating New
Teaching Technologies

Eager to incorporate digital assignments and learning experiences? Our coding team can ensure that a new technology works—and works to advance your goals.

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We've helped faculty to:

  • design digital assignments (e.g. Timeline.js, Omeka, Cinema4D, etc.).
  • add technology to their Canvas sites (ex. Timeline.js or Omeka).
  • enable students to make movies, model artifacts, and complete other creative assignments.
  • use online annotation tools to help students understand what "reading" means in different contexts.
Exploring Classroom Techniques

Planning Your Use
of In-Class Time

The launch of Gen Ed 2.0 makes this a great time to rethink the way you use class time. We can assist you in making every course meeting well-paced and intentional.

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We've helped faculty to:

  • explore a wide range of engaged instructional strategies.
  • brainstorm ways to use the new 75-minute class period more creatively.
  • walk through how they might implement specific techniques or plans for lectures and/or sections.
  • set up a recurring meeting them and/or their Teaching Fellows as the semester gets underway.
TF Training

Supporting & Training
Your Teaching Fellows

Teaching in Gen Ed offers graduate students unique opportunities—but also unique challenges. We can develop customized support for your teaching staff.

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We've worked with faculty to:

  • schedule, design, and deliver individual or group trainings (microteaching, class observation, videotaping, etc.).
  • schedule meetings with Teaching Fellows to hone specific section activities.
  • develop strategies to support, and grade, unconventional activities and assignments.
Course-Related Events

Hosting Course-
Related Events

Gen Ed is a great place in which to invite students to work together on a group project. Our Learning Lab can host special events for you and your students.

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We've helped faculty to:

  • deliver workshops or hackathons which train students on the skills they need to complete innovative assignments.
  • demonstrate assignments in-class.
  • provide space for student project groups to work together.

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Additional Bok Support for Gen Ed

Meet Bok's Gen Ed Partners