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)
Ra’Shaun Nalls, Director of Community Engagement (HSPH)
April Opoliner, HarvardX Project Lead (VPAL)
Rebecca Shingleton, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology (FAS)

Sejal Vashi
, Manager of Learning Design and Instructional Support (HSPH)
Salma Waheedi, Associate Director of the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World; Lecturer on Law; Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic (HLS)

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)
Allan Brandt, Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, and Professor of the History of Science (FAS)
Yasmin Escobedo Lozoya
, Research Fellow in Genetics (HMS)
Ingrid Katz, Associate Professor of Medicine (HMS)
Kathryn Lehigh
, Research Fellow in Genetics (HMS)
Karina Lin-Murphy
, Manager of Faculty Development (DCE)
Leonie Marinovich, Instructor (DCE)

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)
Esme Caramello
, Clinical Professor of Law (HLS)
Maria Flanagan
, Associate Director for Digital Learning Design for SLATE (HKS)
Sean Kivlehan, Instructor in Emergency Medicine (HMS)
Kelly Miller, Associate Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics (SEAS)
Flavia Peréa, Director of Engaged Scholarship; Lecturer on Sociology (FAS)
Rand Wentworth, Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership (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)
Fawwaz Habbal, Executive Dean for Education and Research; Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics (SEAS)
Salmaan Keshavjee
, Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery; Associate Professor of Medicine; Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (HMS)
Rebecca Nesson
, Dean for Academic Programs (SEAS)
Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies (FAS)
Alain Viel, Director of Northwest Undergraduate Laboratories; Senior Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology (FAS)

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