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

Logo for Case Studies Affinity GroupA 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

Logo for Learning Data and Analytics Affinity GroupConnects 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.

B. Kevin Lau, Head of Instructional Technology Group and Library (GSD)
Alexandra Sedlovskaya, Assistant Director, C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning (HBS)
Patrice Torcivia, Associate Director of Learning Design (HGSE)

For more information and to get involved, join our Office 365 group.

Learning Design

Logo for Learning Design Affinity GroupA community of practice comprised of staff and faculty across Harvard interested in or working in the areas of learning design, learning assessment, and instructional innovation. A forum for people to support and share new approaches to learner-centered design and bridging technology with pedagogy. Through online channels 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)
Kris Markman, Director of Organizational Learning, Harvard Library
Neil Patch, Online Learning Manager (HKS)

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

Logo for Learning Spaces Affinity GroupOrganizes 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
Ian Tosh, Senior Instructional Technologist (HKS)

For more information, request to join the mailing list.

Simulations & Games

Logo for Simulations and Games Affinity GroupA community of practice open to anyone in the Harvard community using or interested in the educational uses and value of simulations and games 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, Associate Director of Professional 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.

Affinity Group Meetings & Events

W 10/23 Learning Design + Learning Data & Analytics Affinity Groups: Lunch & Learn Webinar Series. This month we are focusing on policies and practice relating to the use of learning data in learning design. Panelists from HMS, GSD, HBS, and HGSE will present mini use cases on how they collect and use different types of learning data into teaching and learning. Via Zoom from 12:00-1:00pm
W 10/30 Case Studies + Simulations & Games Affinity Groups: Please join us to pilot a simulation developed by two Harvard Law School students. This simulation explores the complexity of a two-level negotiation focused on establishing sustained peace during an ongoing civil war. After we take part in the Sim, we’ll take our participant hats off and direct feedback and suggestions to the students. No pre-work for this event. Light snacks will be served. Click here to registerHarvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall 3018 from 3:30-5:00pm
W 11/20 Learning Design: Lunch & Learn Webinar Series. Topic TBD. Via Zoom (link forthcoming) from 12:00-1:00pm
W 12/11 Learning Design: Save the date for an in-person event! Smith Campus Center from 9:00-11:30am