The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) awarded three Cultivation Grants of up to $200K to projects toward:
- Assessing curricular innovation (HMS). Edward Krupat, Richard Schwartzstein, Jeremy Richards, Amy Sullivan, and David Roberts will evaluate the impact of curriculum renewal at HMS and develop a model for educational assessment by analyzing student data of cohorts from both the previous curriculum and the new curriculum being implemented in 2015.
- Integrating online behavioral research modules into the classroom (FAS, SEAS). Ken Nakayama (psychology), Krzysztof Gajos (computer science), and Ryan Enos (government) will create web-based modules for a variety of classroom contexts that can be utilized flexibly by students and instructors to actively participate in behavioral research.
- Scaling a digital teaching fellow program (FAS). Dan Smail, Ann Blair, and Rowan Dorin (history) will expand the digital teaching fellow program from one to at least seven departments in the humanities and social sciences, pairing students with faculty to develop a variety of course-related digital projects, encouraging pedagogical experimentation in digital active learning, multi-media assignments, and unique faculty-student collaboration.
Cultivation Grants are designed to extend promising educational innovations into new intellectual and institutional contexts, and to rigorously investigate the potential of their wide-scale adoption across the University.
HILT received 25 exciting, diverse proposals this past winter. Applicants participated in events designed to provide formative feedback from fellow applicants and members of the Harvard community, with the option to revise based on this feedback. A faculty selection committee selected eight finalists to present before the committee in April.