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Congratulations to the 2021-22 Bok Teaching Certificate Recipients!

April 29, 2022

The Bok Teaching Certificate gives GSAS PhD students a tangible marker of their ongoing commitment to developing as teachers in higher education. Guided by three principles—Learn, Practice, Reflect—those who pursue the Certificate explore different topics in teaching and learning through departmental pedagogy courses and Bok Seminars, reflect on their own teaching practice, and compile a portfolio of written materials documenting their experience. We offer a tailored approach for students; no two students follow...

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Ashlie Sandoval

Behind the Bok: Ashlie Sandoval

April 14, 2022

Each month we will profile a member of the Bok staff in order for our friends and colleagues to learn more about us, the full range of work that we do, how we approach our work, and what is happening in the world of teaching and learning from different perspectives.

Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director, Equity and Inclusion... Read more about Behind the Bok: Ashlie Sandoval

Engaged Communication for PhD Students

Engaged Communication for PhD Students

April 1, 2022

Teaching is an act of scholarly communication, and developing communication skills is an important component of professional development. We offer programs in teaching and scholarly communication for PhD students at every stage, from newly matriculated students who want to develop strategies to more easily explain their work, to dissertation-stage students preparing to share short versions of their research on the Sanders Theatre stage. This year we focused on communicating in person (both with masks and without) after more than a year of being confined to a small square on...

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Claire Adams

Analyzing the Past Using Multimodal Projects

April 1, 2022

As a way of augmenting students' learning in History courses, Media & Design Fellow Claire Adams (PhD candidate in History) developed a series of workshops at the Learning Lab to introduce students to the fundamentals of visual communication and presenting academic findings in digital forms. Designed to work in conjunction with specific course content and the analytical methods that students need to practice, Claire’s scaffolding activities, and the...

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Jordan Koffman

Behind the Bok: Jordan Koffman

March 17, 2022

Each month we will profile a member of the Bok staff in order for our friends and colleagues to learn more about us, the full range of work that we do, how we approach our work, and what is happening in the world of teaching and learning from different perspectives.

Jordan Koffman, Assistant Director of the Learning Lab... Read more about Behind the Bok: Jordan Koffman

Xiaomeng Han

Graphical Abstracts to Teach Neuroscience

March 2, 2022

In MCB80, The Neurobiology of Behavior, many Harvard undergraduates encounter scientific papers for the first time. As a way to augment students’ understanding of influential research papers in neuroscience, Media & Design Fellow Xiaomeng Han (PhD candidate in Neuroscience) has developed “graphical abstracts”—a form that uses illustration and graphic design to explain, and in a sense tell a story about, key concepts in neuroscience.

As a Media & Design Fellow at the Learning Lab, Xiaomeng’s project...

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Join the Bok Center as a Pedagogy Fellow

February 22, 2022

PhD students with teaching experience and a passion for teaching and learning are invited to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort of Pedagogy Fellows! Positions are available for Pedagogy Fellows based either in Departments or at the Bok Center. Applications are due by 5:00pm EST, Friday, February 25, 2022.

Pedagogy Fellows (PFs) enhance professional development for Teaching Fellows within their departments and across the FAS. With the Bok...

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Rebecca Miller Brown

Behind the Bok: Rebecca Miller Brown

February 16, 2022

Each month we will profile a member of the Bok staff in order for our friends and colleagues to learn more about us, the full range of work that we do, how we approach our work, and what is happening in the world of teaching and learning from different perspectives.

Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming... Read more about Behind the Bok: Rebecca Miller Brown

Sarah Lipson

Teaching and Mental Health

February 11, 2022

Faculty and Teaching Fellows often are in an excellent position to identify students and colleagues who are struggling, and to refer them to the right person or department for help. And yet, at the same time, many instructors understandably report that they feel uncomfortable and/or unprepared in reaching out to a student or colleague in distress. After all, most of us are trained to be teachers and scholars, not mental health professionals.

Recognizing this challenge, the Bok Center recently collaborated with...

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Flexibility in Form: Podcasting with Spanish 50

Flexibility in Form: Podcasting with Spanish 50

February 4, 2022

Over the last two years, we’ve all had to make adjustments to our plans, whether as instructors, students, or support staff. One of the Learning Lab’s Media & Design Fellows, Ignacio Azcueta, recently demonstrated the importance of developing resources and course plans that are responsive to quickly-changing conditions. At Bok, we are heartened by the adaptability of our fellows and their students.

Ignacio Azcueta (PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures) has been working as a Media & Design Fellow...

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