Tackling Global Challenges from the Harvard Classroom and Beyond
Friday, September 24, 2021
2021 virtual HILT conference
|Concurrent Breakout Sessions, Part 1 (11:00 am – 12:15 pm)
|Incorporating Cultural Humility: Cultivating Context and Respect
How do we prepare students to take the lessons they learn from the classroom and translate them into different communities? Successful professionals and organizations must be able to adapt their programs appropriately for the place in which they are implemented. To prepare for this, students need to understand the importance of cultural humility.
This session will discuss techniques for incorporating cultural humility into any discipline. Faculty across Harvard will provide concrete examples of what this looks like in their classroom. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage with each other as they tailor the learned techniques to one of their own lessons.
Jocelyn Chu, Director of Community Engaged Learning (HSPH)
|Meaningful Assignments that Demonstrate Learning
Many instructors are interested in replacing or supplementing their conventional assignments with authentic, “alternative” assignments. But they may also be unsure about how to proceed. How can we support our students as they develop their skills in fields like media production or web design? How can we give feedback on them—and grade them—with the same precision and rigor that we apply to our exams and papers? In this session, we will answer those questions and hear from Harvard faculty who have successfully transformed their teaching by incorporating meaningful assignments. Participants will then be invited to brainstorm ways they can incorporate coursework and assignments with lasting impact such as collaborative group work, podcasting, and multi-modal assignments.
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy for the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (FAS)
|Concurrent Breakout Sessions, Part 2 (1:00 pm – 2:15 pm)
|Experiential Learning: The Power of Authentic Learning Challenges
Across Harvard, faculty use experiential learning with a variety of approaches to prepare students for global challenges. From undergraduate and graduate programs, from a single class to a full term, the panelists will discuss how they use experiential learning. The discussion will highlight the cycle of experience and reflection that empowers students in these courses and may inspire your own ideas for experiential learning.
Erin Baumann, Associate Director of Professional Pedagogy for SLATE (HKS)
|Interdisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Real-world Problems
Real-world problems are complex and rarely fit within a single, clearly defined discipline. Readying students to approach authentic challenges means helping them to be comfortable wielding multiple unfamiliar tools and approaches. This session will highlight ways we can use our classrooms to model these interdisciplinary approaches to asking and answering questions that defy the traditional structures of a University.
Bradley Coleman, Director, Curriculum Fellows Program; Lecturer in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases; Lecturer on Microbiology (HMS)