Harvard Centers for Teaching and Learning

Active Learning Labs (SEAS)

The SEAS academic plan emphasizes the need for hands-on engineering experiences and student design projects. The Active Learning Laboratories are expected to take the lead and excel in supporting these student experiences. The support team is composed of full-time engineer/scientist staff members across many disciplines. The Active Learning Labs at SEAS and the related machine shops in the Physics Department support the educational mission of the school by supporting students with access to and training on state-of-the-art instrumentation and advanced fabrication tools. Link to website.

Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning (HBS)

The C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning was established in 2004 to promote and support teaching excellence and innovation within Harvard Business School. It also provides leadership and expertise about case method teaching and participant-centered learning for instructors at other institutions in the United States and abroad. Link to website.

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (FAS)

By supporting experimentation, innovation, and evidence-based practices, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning seeks to create transformational learning experiences for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Link to website.

Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI)

The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University inspires and supports innovative learning, teaching, and dialogue about cutting-edge, multidisciplinary global challenges. They foster and evaluate new pedagogical tools and instructional strategies that bridge disciplinary fields, educational spaces, and groups of learners. Through the deliberative design of inclusive learning spaces—to gather, to collaborate, to spark unexpected discussions—the Incubator encourages transformative thinking across disciplines while breaking down conceptual and geographic boundaries. Link to website.

Teaching and Learning Lab (HGSE)

The TLL is a team of learning designers, educational developers, learning technologists, and media specialists. From supporting classroom and online learning to creating and assessing learning experiences, the TLL team brings a mindset of innovation, experimentation, and analysis to their work. The team-based approach and range of professional expertise allow the TLL to see projects through ideation and discovery to delivery and iteration. Link to website.

Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) at HKS

Harvard Kennedy School launched SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) in the fall of 2007 to reaffirm its commitment to top performance in professional education, ensuring that HKS faculty match their intellectual distinction with a mastery of classroom skills. SLATE offers professional development, consultation services, and a growing toolkit of tested materials to ensure that all participants in the HKS enterprise can make the most of every precious opportunity to learn. Link to website.

Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Solutions (HLS)

The TLC group supports faculty and teaching staff at HLS through trainings and tutorials. Services include teaching about a new technology, brainstorming about what tools would augment teaching, researching best practices and emerging technologies, troubleshooting issues, and solving problems. Link to website.

The Academy (HMS)

The Academy is responsible for professional development of faculty who teach in the MD program. Its role is also to develop and support a community of leaders in education and a culture of excellence in teaching and learning, to foster the careers of educators in medicine and science, to provide programming to improve the skills of teachers, to stimulate and support the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to learning and assessment, and to support educational research and scholarship in medical and graduate education. Link to website.

The Learning Incubator (SEAS)

The Learning Incubator (LInc) seeks to advance learning at SEAS and elevate SEAS as a worldwide leader in innovation in learning and teaching by: 1) Providing a team-based infrastructure for faculty to incubate, develop and adapt novel ideas and approaches to teaching; 2) Developing a culture of scholarship of teaching and learning (including research on learning and assessment) within SEAS and FAS; and 3) Providing opportunities for faculty to learn new approaches to teaching aligned with research on how students learn. The Center activities focus on community building, education and faculty development, knowledge sharing, and dissemination. All faculty at SEAS and university-wide are invited and welcome to participate in LInc activities. The Center aims to support innovation in pedagogical methods and curriculum, and promote research that focuses on teaching, learning, and assessment in engineering and the sciences. Link to website.