HILT aims to be a catalyst for transforming students’ educational experiences across the University and to expand Harvard’s leadership in the research, application, and assessment of innovative pedagogy in Cambridge and around the world.
The 2012-13 Hauser Grants program was designed to catalyze innovative activities and would promote effective learning and teaching across the University. Harvard University faculty, students, deans, administrators, and postdoctoral researchers with instructional roles were eligible to apply for funding of up to $50K, individually or as groups. Proposals were evaluated based on the degree to which they were innovative (enabling new educational practices and policies), evidenced-based (grounded in evidence beyond intuition or anecdote), and extendable (worth sharing, not singular solutions to narrow problems). The Faculty Selection Committee chose proposals that included a mixture of these qualities and emphasized extendability in their decision-making process.
Projects from this past year will be featured as a part of the May 8th HILT Conference, and will highlight work across the University that aimed to:
- address the changing needs and expectations of students
- develop instructional methods, tools, and assignments that contextualize learning in real-world and global situations
- develop connections between research and teaching
- promote the retention and transfer of learning
- creatively capture a broad range of educational outcomes
- gauge the intellectual, civic, professional and/or economic impact of instruction on students at the course, curricular, or programmatic levels
- develop courses or programs that are at the intersection of, or work across, boundaries (curricular, disciplinary, programmatic, and administrative)
- integrate pedagogical scholarship into pedagogical practice
- effectively incorporate technology and social media into teaching and learning activities