Into Practice, a biweekly communication distributed from the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning 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.

Below is a catalog of all the Into Practice issues sorted by the publication date. To subscribe to Into Practice, please sign-up via our Mailing List page.

  • Putting students at the helm of their learning experience

    Jon Hanson, Alfred Smart Professor of Law, saw an opportunity to improve learning by putting students in the driver's seat.
  • Getting the most out of classroom space

    Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, rethought her teaching by rethinking her classroom. She created a flexible classroom, “the SciBox,” to encourage active learning, greater engagement, and student ownership.
  • Feedback vs. evaluation: Getting past the reluctance to deliver negative feedback

    When Dr. Keith Baker, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Anesthesia Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, gives medical residents feedback, he emphasizes a “learning orientation” (where the goal is mastery), rather than a “performance orientation” (where the goal is validation of abilities).
  • Learning from learning management systems: New ways to engage students through Canvas

    Arthur Applbaum, Adams Professor of Democratic Values, Quinton Mayne, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, and Christopher Robichaud, Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy piloted the new University-wide learning management system, Canvas, in their spring 2015 courses at the Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Elevating class conversation: Taking a case-based approach

    Nancy Kane, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Case-based Teaching and Learning at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, trains instructors on using the teaching case to lead effective course discussions.
  • Devices in the classroom? Things to consider

    Alison Simmons, Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy, made a decision in 2012 to include a policy in all her syllabi stating that electronic devices be put away during class time.
  • Communicating course culture: Building on the syllabus

    Karen Brennan, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, designs her syllabus for T550: Designing for Learning by Creating to not only communicate the plan for the course, but to introduce students to the course culture.
  • The hiccups, humility, and benefits of deciding to flip a course

    Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, flipped part of her course, CS161, “Operating Systems."
  • Harvard Chan Toastmasters Gavel Club

    The mission of our Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
  • Harvard Chan Student Chapter of Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics, and Outcomes Research

    This group is the Harvard Chan student chapter for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), the scientific organization for health economics and outcomes research to improve health. As an affiliated chapter, the student group intends to provide an environment where students can share knowledge of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and outcomes research. Additionally, this group will serve as a resource for individuals interested in the relevant topic areas and serve as a bridge in bringing together students with members of the pharmaceutical industry, health-related organizations, and academia.
  • Harvard Chan South Asian Students Association

    We, the students interested in SASA, want to bring the flavors of South Asia to those who stray far from their countries, to infuse a taste of culture to those who are interested in the South Asian art, music, literature, and cuisine. We plan on hosting an array of events: from dinners, talks with prominent speakers from the community, movie/documentary viewing nights, celebrate religious and cultural festivities, and much more.
  • Harvard Chan School Muslim Student Association

    The Harvard Chan School Muslim Student Association’s mission is to: 1)To provide for the needs and interests of Muslim students at the Harvard Chan School 2)To create an environment where non-Muslims can learn about Islam 3)To provide a platform that promotes dialogue and understanding about the role religion plays in health.
  • Harvard Chan Korean Student Group

    To advance the recognition of Korea and Korean culture within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community – To promote the education and enrichment of its members with regard To Public Health studies and related issues through involvement and participation in various social, cultural, and academic activities – To encourage the Korean students To engage in other student group activities within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as Harvard Korea Society.
  • Harvard Chan French Conversation Club

    The mission of this organization is to facilitate the acquisition and utilization of French conversational skills over food from Francophone countries. Objectives include learning spoken French, practicing spoken French, and learning about food culture in French-speaking nations.
  • Harvard Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) Chan Chapter

    The Harvard Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) Chan Chapter was founded in 2014 to bring together students who are interested in applying insights from behavioral economics, psychology, and related disciplines to improve public health. Recent literature has shed light on predictable biases in how we make decisions and identified important opportunities to positively influence our health behaviors–whether getting a flu shot, enrolling in health insurance, or eating a healthier diet. We work closely with the Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG) housed at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership as well as the faculty-level Behavioral Insights Group (BIG).
  • Taiwanese Students and Scholars Association at the Harvard Chan School

    The Taiwanese Students and Scholars Association at the Harvard Chan School (TSSA @Harvard Chan aims to:
  • Sustainability & Health Student Forum at the Harvard Chan School

    The Sustainability & Health Student Forum at the Harvard Chan School is a student organization whose mission is to provide public health students a platform for discourse and action on addressing pressing challenges facing the health of people and planet, such as: climate change and urbanization, to energy and food security, to migration and green healthcare.
  • Queer Students Association at Harvard Chan

    The Queer Students Association at Harvard Chan strives to bring together an open forum of students to: – Foster social interaction among the LGTBQ community within Harvard Chan and throughout Harvard at large – Educate the Harvard Chan community about public health issues as they relate to LGBTQ people, and provide awareness, support, and advocacy for the LGTBQ community among the larger graduate student population.
  • Preventing Gun Violence: A Harvard Chan Student Forum

    To engage and support Harvard Chan students working to prevent gun violence and promote viewing gun violence from a public health perspective. With the participation of faculty, students, and community members, the Forum aims to build and support a community of student researchers focused on advancing gun health in the United States. Through a series of speakers, interactive discussions, and events, we hope to highlight new opportunities for research and policy as well as stimulate innovative ideas around gun violence prevention.
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Women in Leadership Student Organization

    The Harvard Chan WIL Student Organization offers a range of programming to prepare women for leadership roles in health care and aim to challenge, motivate, and inspire students as they explore their personal journeys toward authentic and effective leadership. Events supporting this mission include speaker series, skills-based workshops, community service, and networking events. Finally, we believe that it is critical to create a community of female leaders in health. As such, our flagship event- the annual student-alumnae conference- focuses on strengthening and growing this community.