why teach

Book Review: Why Teach? by Mark Edmunson

The current climate in higher education is host to a great debate about the purpose of a college education.  Are schools responsible for turning out a thoroughly-prepared, pre-programmed workforce, or it is the responsibility of educators to shape thoughtful, reflective humans without regard for how future employers will view them?  

ABL Connect

Get Paid for Your Great Teaching Ideas

Photo by Shelley Westover ABLConnect, the active and activity-based learning connection at Harvard, has announced the first ever ABLConnect Learning Innovator Prize for graduate Teaching Fellows at Harvard. ABL Connect will be awarding up to three submissions with an honorarium of $100. What should you submit? ABL Connect is looking for section lessons, assignments, projects,…

Distinguished Teaching Series: Colloquia on Teaching and Learning

Today’s author is Sarah Rous, DTF for the Classics Department. On March 5–6 the Department of the Classics was pleased to welcome Jeff Beneker, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as our visiting “distinguished teacher” and facilitator of a series of workshops and colloquia collectively dubbed the Distinguished Teaching Series. Our department…

Teaching with Research Guides

You’ve probably encountered a library research guide before—perhaps you’ve taken a course that had its own LibGuide, or consulted your department’s guide for graduate study—but have you thought about using a research guide as teaching material? Library guides are not just lists of amazing resources, though they are that, too. They’re also glimpses into particular…

Transformative Teachnological Teaching Tools!

In The Evolution of the Lecture I posed the question, “could we live without lectures?” and while far from the first to do so, I suggested that lectures need to evolve in our modern world. Clearly technology can enhance education, but how should it be incorporated? And, what tools are out there? Technological teaching tools…

Paper Structure Exercise

The following exercise is a sample from ABLConnect, an online active learning resource database recently established by Assistant Professor Dustin Tingley and Ph.D. student Leslie Finger. ABLConnect seeks to create an accessible, searchable repository of active learning activities that Harvard instructors can contribute to and draw from.  *** Paper Structure Exercise In the revision stage of paper writing, Jerusha Achterberg…

Harvard Horizons: Tell Us Your Story

Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has announced an exciting new initiative designed to highlight and promote the essential intellectual contributions of Harvard PhD students.  The “Harvard Horizons” initiative will culminate in a dynamic campus-wide symposium on May 6, 2013 in Sanders Theatre, when the Horizon Scholars will deliver short, general-interest talks that highlight…