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Winter Teaching Week 2022

Back (on Zoom) Again: Winter Teaching Week 2022

January 25, 2022

After a Fall semester full of reconnecting with colleagues, friends, students, and instructors in person and teaching and learning on campus, we were excited to plan our Winter Teaching Week to be an opportunity for graduate student teachers to refresh their teaching and get new ideas before the spring term. We especially were looking forward to hosting our revamped programming at our Bok Center offices, building upon our successful return to in-person teaching in the Fall. But COVID was...

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2020-21 Bok Annual Report

2020-21 Bok Annual Report

December 17, 2021

As we reflect on the year and prepare for winter recess, we are pleased to share our 2020-21 annual report, which showcases our year of remote teaching and learning. The report highlights key moments from the year as we transitioned our programming and support online, and endeavored to keep up with the needs of teachers and learners across the FAS.  We are proud of our work supporting faculty and PhD students and building community around teaching throughout these challenging times. 

We wish you a restful and restorative winter recess, and we look forward to working...

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Behind the Bok: Dani Duke

Behind the Bok: Dani Duke

October 27, 2021

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.

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Behind the Bok: Yasemin Kalender

Behind the Bok: Yasemin Kalender

October 1, 2021

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.

Yasemin Kalender, Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy... Read more about Behind the Bok: Yasemin Kalender

From Zoom Rooms to Classrooms: A Hybrid Fall Teaching Conference

From Zoom Rooms to Classrooms: A Hybrid Fall Teaching Conference

September 3, 2021

Planning the Fall Teaching Conference this summer felt like building an airplane while flying it: we knew we would be teaching in person, but the continually changing circumstances required us, like all instructors teaching this fall, to be intentional yet flexible in our planning. We had so many questions to consider: How should we prepare graduate student TFs to teach in physical classrooms? How could we most effectively apply the lessons we learned from our fully online conference in 2020 to this new “hybrid” moment of transition? How could we meet the needs of both new and experienced TFs facing another unprecedented semester?

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The leaders of the Pedagogy Fellows program, clockwise: Adam Beaver, Rebecca Miller Brown, Pamela Pollock, Yasemin Kalender

Pedagogy Fellows 2020-21: An Online Community of Practice

July 26, 2021

Teaching is a collaborative act, and the Pedagogy Fellows Program is by definition a community of practice. Every year, approximately 34 experienced and creative graduate students from 28 departments and programs across the FAS come together at the Bok Center to support their peers in their roles as undergraduate teachers by leading pedagogy seminars and workshops, consulting with Teaching Fellows (TFs), and developing resources on teaching and professional development. Over the course of the year, we meet regularly...

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Behind the Bok: Casey Cann

Behind the Bok: Casey Cann

July 1, 2021

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.

Casey Cann, Technical Operations and Learning Lab Studio Coordinator... Read more about Behind the Bok: Casey Cann

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Celebrating a year of creativity and entrepreneurship

June 29, 2021

The Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship (LPCE) kicked off with a remarkable inaugural year, guided by the vision of the late Dr. Robert Lue. This new program, which was based at the Bok Center and inspired by Dr. Lue’s passion for making a positive social impact, reached hundreds of students this year.  We are grateful to the many Harvard students who hopped on board our new adventure in learning-and-doing. Our students’ creativity sparked promising venture teams and deepened our growing community. Students applied their ingenuity and academic knowledge to problems...

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Compelling Communication, Remotely

Compelling Communication, Remotely

June 7, 2021

Teaching is an act of scholarly communication, whether you are explaining a concept, giving a lecture, or presenting your research on the Sanders Theatre stage. Whether you are working with a small, familiar group of students or a large public audience, what goals do you have? How can you structure your content, use your visuals and voice to support those goals, and keep the audience engaged in your ideas? Engaged communication is a core component of the Bok Center’s work; over the past year, we translated lessons of engaged communication to the Zoom setting, and adjusted how we coach...

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Community Across Continents

June 4, 2021

The Bok Center’s Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars has always embraced community building as a key part of our work. PhD students are able to develop their communication skills when they learn, practice, and reflect in a supportive community of peers. This is especially true for international PhD students working to develop oral English proficiency, cross-cultural understanding, and teaching skills.

Before the pandemic, students would have participated in-person in...

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