October 2015

Facing the Challenge to Design Quality Online Learning Experiences

by: Bonnie Anderson

Ask anyone who has taken an online course what they thought of the experience, and you are likely to hear words like “impersonal”, “boring”, “tedious”, “ineffective”, or “monotonous”. The modality has unfortunately earned itself a poor reputation due to a plethora of such examples.  Unfortunately, the majority of online courses available today embody a passive approach to learning in that they provide lecture-style videos followed by multiple-choice quizzes with automated grading. This “talk and test” strategy is reflective of some of the least effective face-to-face classrooms, with the only potential advantage being that learners can access material in their own space and at their own pace.... Read more about Facing the Challenge to Design Quality Online Learning Experiences

Creating and Nurturing a Culture of Innovation

by: Arti Sharma

Pursuing the best suited solution to a pedagogical need often means taking a gamble on something we have not tried before; it requires prioritizing teaching and learning needs while still being mindful of what is technically or strategically possible. In developing the latest version of Including Ourselves in the Change Equation with Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey, we had to step out of our comfort zones and ramp up on several fronts in order to best support the learning outcomes of the experience.... Read more about Creating and Nurturing a Culture of Innovation

Creating the 'Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity' Video

by: Elias Polcheira

Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity at HGSE

In 2014, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) launched the Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity Initiative. The School held a series of events, conversations and lectures around the theme. This effort was received well by our community and led to its continuation to a second year. The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) produced a video to launch the extension of the initiative in 2015-16.... Read more about Creating the 'Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity' Video