Affinity Groups

The TLC network convenes Affinity Groups around shared teaching and learning interests and professional objectives. Harvard affiliates are welcome to join Affinity Groups at the links below to receive more information about meetings and events.

Case Studies

case book pictureA forum for discussion around topics related to case development, distribution, marketing, sales, and teaching and learning via the case method. In the spirit of collaboration, the HILT Affinity Group for Case Studies aims to share best practices across the Schools in an effort to advance case teaching, improve operations, and ultimately expand global impact in this area.




  • Rachel Gordon, Case Writer and Research Associate (HLS)
  • Laura Madden, Associate Director, Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence Initiative (HKS)

For more information, request to join the mailing list.

Learning Data & Analytics

analytics picture computer bar graphsConnects Harvard community members with an interest in the collection and analysis of data about student learning for the purpose of understanding and improving teaching and learning outcomes. We aim to learn about, share, and develop tools and practices for accessing and analyzing learning data. Topics of current interest include: 1) investigation of currently available learning analytics tools such as the VPAL data products, 2) discussion of the design and implementation of effective measures of student learning, including course evaluations, and 3) the policies surrounding access to analytics data.


  • Daniel Seaton, Product Owner, Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching (DART)
  • Alexandra Sedlovskaya, Assistant Director, C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning (HBS)
  • Arti Sharma, Assistant Director, Education Technology, Teaching and Learning Lab (HGSE)

For more information and to get involved, join our Office 365 group and find us on Slack.

Learning Design

light bulb pictureA community of practice comprised of staff and faculty across Harvard interested in or working in the areas of learning/instructional design, learning assessment, and educational technology. A forum for people to support and share new approaches to learner-centered design and bridging technology with pedagogy. Through online discussions and in-person gatherings, the HILT Affinity Group for Learning Design (LD) supports a network for informal consulting in learning design across Harvard.


  • Maria Flanagan, Associate Director for Digital Learning Design, Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence Initiative (HKS)
  • Daniel Jamous, Senior Instructional Technologist (HUIT)
  • Kris Markman, Director of Organizational Learning, Harvard Library

For more information, request to join the mailing list. Subscribers must sign up using their Harvard email address. Please contact Kris Markman with any questions.

Learning Spaces

people at table pictureOrganizes events throughout the year to highlight newly renovated spaces around campus and explore how well-designed learning spaces promote student learning. Additionally, the HILT Affinity Group for Learning Spaces will work toward developing shared resources and networks to support effective local decision-making.


  • Annie Rota, Director of Academic Technology for FAS (HUIT)
  • Mallory Stark, Curriculum Services Specialist, Baker Library
  • Anu Vedantham, Director of Learning and Teaching Services for FAS Libraries, Harvard Library

For more information, request to join the mailing list.

Simulations & Games

cube puzzle pictureA community of practice open to anyone in the Harvard community using or interested in the educational uses and value of simulations and games technologies in teaching and learning. Members will share and disseminate ideas at regular forums, workshops, and events to showcase examples of simulations, gaming, augmented reality, and virtual reality in the curriculum, and form a group of practitioners and advocates for using simulation and gaming in teaching and learning. Learn about the work being done with simulations and games across the Harvard community and share your experience and your work with others in this growing community.


  • Erin Baumann, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence Initiative (HKS)
  • Marty Schreiner, Director of Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information, Harvard College Library (FAS)

For more information, request to join the mailing list. To participate in event and activity planning, join the small Affinity Group Council for Simulations & Games by contacting co-chairs Erin Baumann or Marty Schreiner.


Download the Affinity Groups PDF Overview.

Meetings & Events

W 11/14 Learning Data & Analytics: Fall 2018 Event
Learn from faculty and academic professionals about how they systematically and effectively use student data in designing and executing courses across Harvard.
Time / Location TBD
TR 11/29 Learning Design: Webinar
“Getting Started with Rubrics”
12pm-1pm, Join via PC, Mac, Linux, iOs or Android
M 12/3 Learning Spaces: Learn more about the Smith Campus Center renovations and the upcoming work to Harvard Hall.
9:30am-11:30am, Isaacson Room, Smith Campus Center, Register here
TR 12/13 Learning Design: Fall UnConference
Save the date for an engaging learning and networking event!
2:30pm-5pm, Batten Hall B015. More details forthcoming