Engaging Harvard students in education innovation

As a part of HILT's mission to catalyze innovation and excellence in teaching and learning across Harvard, we are exploring meaningfully ways to engage students in our efforts and have made it a priority to better understand how best to convene and fund student innovations in teaching and learning. Based on preliminary conversations with the community, a unique distinction that we have made at the student level, which is divergent from HILT’s efforts thus far, is broadening our scope to address teaching and learning issues at Harvard and beyond.

Help us map Harvard's student teaching & learning organizations

We hope to connect with student organizations comprised of current students from Harvard degree-granting programs and organized by faculty, staff, students, or alumni in the field of education—regardless of whether or not it is an explicit or implicit goal of the organization. At this time, we are purposefully casting a wide net to help us better understand student activities and interests across campus. 

If you know of a student organization working on teaching and learning issues, please let us know by filling out this quick Qualtrics survey.


2017-2018 HILT Student Innovation Strategists

In order to better understand how HILT can engage and support students, we six HILT Student Innovation Strategists (made up of undergraduates, master's, and PhD students) were hired to serve on a strategic think tank.

Student Innovation Strategists
Goals for 2018:
  • Map all student teaching and learning organizations across campus
  • Create a searchable online directory of Harvard’s teaching and learning organizations
  • Explore how to convene students meaningfully across silos
  • Experiment with effective mechanisms and structures to fund students’ innovative ideas to improve teaching and learning issues

Upcoming student funding opportunity: HIVE Pitch Competition

HILT sponsored the 2018 Harvard GSE’s Innovations and Ventures in Education (HIVE) university-wide education innovation event.  

First Prize Second Prize

10 Minute School
Seeam Noor

HIVE Competition, First Prize Winner

Touchscape AR
Thomas Kauer


Third Prize Audience Choices

Breaktime, LLC
Connor Schoen

HIVE Competition, Third Prize Winner

Breaktime, LLC; Bluelaces Theater Company; Sage Learning, Inc.
Connor Schoen, Melanie Gertzman, Vishal Punwani

HIVE Competition, Audience Choice Winners

Photographs above by Hongyi Li Photography

More information: http://www.hivehgse.org/hive-pitch-competition/

We want to hear from you

If you have any ideas about convening Harvard students and/or funding students’ teaching and learning ideas, please contact Jaime Goldstein (jaime_goldstein@harvard.edu), Director of Innovation Grants and Strategic Projects. We look forward to hearing from you!