Use Skype in the Classroom

by Alexis Harrison One way to bring material alive in a section discussion is to invite a guest speaker to talk directly with students about the material you are covering. In practice, it is hard to arrange for “experts” to visit classes in person, but many people are willing to take the time to talk to…

Have you visited ABLConnect?

ABLConnect is an online active learning resource database. It was started in early 2012 by Assistant Professor Dustin Tingley and Ph.D. student Leslie Finger as part of the Program on Experience Based Learning that Tingley directs at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science here at Harvard. Tingley and Finger, both ex-high school teachers, are associated with the Department of Government…

It’s (Teaching) Awards Season!

Each semester, the Bok Center awards some of Harvard’s most accomplished Teaching Fellows the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence to outstanding Preceptors and Lecturers. Here is the list of recipients for Fall, 2012. Congratulations to them and a hearty “hear hear!” for all the dedicated…

Quote of the Day

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time — for we are bound by that — but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” – T.S. Eliot