Decanal priorities, supported by HILT beginning in 2011, involve larger and longer-term projects than the HILT grants. Led by deans’ offices with outcomes to be shared across the schools, activities range across several themes and align with HILT’s overall goals:
FAS and SEAS plan to launch a new graduate student training program, modeled after and broadening the successful Graduate Seminars in General Education (GSGE), and designed to promote the adoption of major teaching innovations and assessment practices.
GSD plans to foster design learning and teaching through the development and assessment of an experimental, multi-modal University collaborative space.
HBS is pleased to partner with HILT in discussions with the broader Harvard community about the broader applicability of its participant-centered learning model, including both the case method and the field method (and its new FIELD course).
HDS plans to both develop new advising methods and resources, and pilot and establish a process of engaging faculty in strategic updates to classroom spaces and technologies.
HGSE will develop a Teaching and Learning Lab – a network of supportive resources for faculty members to design, assess, and disseminate innovative and effective practices for teaching and learning, for use at HGSE, Harvard, and beyond.
HKS plans to work on three, integrated activities: broadening use of conferencing technology to bring the world to HKS classrooms and HKS to the world, assessing experimentation with new flexible classroom space, and bringing new field-based experiences into curricula.
HLS plans to begin systematic measurement of student learning outcomes and the relation of those to core legal competencies and teaching methods. It is also undertaking to develop tools to enable individual faculty (or small groups) to assess their own efforts and to feed these assessments into improved (and innovative) classroom pedagogy.
The medical and graduate education programs at HMS plan to establish faculty development programs and new assessment strategies for courses and programs that take advantage of new teaching spaces and new pedagogical skills and modalities.
HSPH plans to both design and implement a series of faculty workshops on course development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as develop a virtual teaching and learning center for the sharing of best practices.
RIAS plans to partner with HILT to offer several teaching and learning related exploratory seminars and events in addition to their research-related programs.