The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning

Through the collaboration and resources of HILT, HarvardX, and the VPAL Research Group, the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) offers faculty and students support and services to create the best, highest-quality 21st century learning and research environment on campus, online, and beyond.

Into Practicea biweekly communication distributed to active instructors during the academic year, was inspired by a successful 2012 HILT grant project. The e-letter highlights the pedagogical practices of individual faculty members from across schools and delivers timely, evidence-based teaching advice, contributing to and strengthening a University-wide community of practice around teaching. Subscribe at the web page. 

Teaching & Learning Consortium (TLC) network

HILT convenes a dynamic network of academic professionals from across the University, inclusive of all Schools as well as units like the libraries, museums, and HarvardX, with the aim of incubating and refining teaching and learning ideas and initiatives that cross school and disciplinary boundaries. 

Funding for teaching and learning innovation

HILT Spark Grants, offered on a semesterly basis, are awards of $5-$15K designed to help "spark" promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality and position innovations for future success. All Harvard-benefits eligible faculty, students, staff, and postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for funding.

Expert scholar speakers 

HILT invites guest experts to campus semesterly via the Scholar to Practitioner Speaker Series to present and discuss specific topics in learning and teaching. These events are open to the Harvard community. Archived talk videos are available at the web page. 


ABLConnect is an easily searchable database that categorizes existing active learning efforts at Harvard and other higher education institutions. Supported in part by HILT, the database includes activity-based learning activities that have been carried out in departments across the university by both faculty and teaching fellows. 

Talking about Teaching Series

The Talking about Teaching Series, organized by Harvard's Office of Faculty Development & Diversity and supported in part by HILT, is a University-wide seminar that explores pedagogical connections across disciplines and Schools. Designed by faculty for faculty, this seminar series showcases the work of Harvard master teachers through demonstrations of their pedagogy and discussions of its broader applications. 

Harvard Art Museums engagement

HILT partnered with the Harvard Art Museums to create a video highlighting the renovated museum space and its possibilities for Harvard’s teaching and learning communities.

University-wide video infrastructure support

HILT provides funding toward a centralized Digital Video Services group within Harvard University Information Technology. This support enables the research and piloting of video technologies that break down barriers for University faculty and staff to capture, process, distribute and live stream classroom activities with better quality and a much improved user experience.