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Walking the Walk: Reflections from the Inaugural T-127 Gallery Walk

by: Josh Bookin

Gallery Walk Student Presenters

On December 9th, 2015 the Teaching and Learning Lab Practicum (T-127) hosted a gallery walk to showcase the capstone projects that students created for the course.  Community members from around HGSE – administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow students – attended the event to join the class in exploring and celebrating this meaningful work.  As a new member of the TLL who was not significantly involved in this first iteration of the course, I came to the event excited to learn more about the students who engaged in this endeavor, the projects in which they took part, and the skills and knowledge they are taking away from the experience.  In this post, I would like to share some of what I discovered from this inspiring event.... Read more about Walking the Walk: Reflections from the Inaugural T-127 Gallery Walk

Online Learning: Accessibility and Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity

by: Andrea Flores

Online Accessibility LogoConversations about Diversity In 2014, HGSE launched the Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity (FPD) initiative to foster and sustain community-wide conversations and learning experiences around the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Most often the conversation centers around face-to-face learning environments through the lens of race and socioeconomic status (SES).... Read more about Online Learning: Accessibility and Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity

Lessons in Course Design

By Megan Brown

How can a course be planned in a short time frame while harnessing the creative power of a team? How do you develop a consistent experience across multiple courses planned by different faculty members? And how do you keep track of the multitude of ideas and to-dos that emerge out of highly creative, learner-driven lesson planning discussions?

These were some of the challenges the TLL tackled while planning the structure of Leading Learning...

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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

The TLL Goes to BIF

by: Brandon Pousley

“How can an ex-offender entrepreneurship program help redefine blended learning?”

“Why might we consider a Bittorrent bundle a good business decision?”

“And what in the world is a block chain?”

BIF StorytellerThese were just some of the questions asked at this year’s Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, Rhode Island. Two and half days of powerful stories about business, history, education, art, adventure, and more brought together 400 innovators to think about how we might reimagine social systems in a rapidly changing world. BIF is focused on catalyzing new approaches to tackle complex challenges. Their annual summit is an opportunity to share the stories of those leaders who are creating change and connect those from across industries and roles to build community around active problem-solving in the social sphere.... Read more about The TLL Goes to BIF