Learning, Teaching & Research Themes

Are there things you'd like to do in your teaching or research where technology could help? We can help you identify technologies to support your teaching and learning. Explore technologies faculty are already using and find out how you can try them out yourself!

  • Analyzing Data
    Students use commercial software in order to understand how to conduct research.
  • Annotation
    Comments from students and teaching staff enrich learning by adding layers of information to media.
  • Assignments
    Teaching staff introduce or reinforce course content and gauge student learning.
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  • Case Studies
    Students explore problems based on real events and information.
  • Classroom Backchannel
    Students actively communicate online to ask and answer questions, make comments, and share information.
  • Classroom Response
    Teaching staff prompt students with questions during class and get immediate feedback.
  • Collaboration
    Students work together on projects involving textual or visual materials.
  • Digital Repositories
    Students can access materials that have been digitally preserved, such as medieval manuscripts.
  • Exhibit Curation
    Students research and create exhibits with the help of digital archives.
  • Flipped Classroom
    Students watch a pre-recorded lecture; class time can be used for interaction and discussion. 
  • Frequent Practice
    Students use regular low-risk assessments to reinforce classroom learning.
  • Library Collections
    Academic materials and library staff support research by Harvard faculty and students.
  • Maps and GIS
    Web-based maps encourage students to think spatially and critically.
  • Mobile
    Students access and engage with course content on their smartphones, tablets, and e-book readers.
  • Modeling
    Teaching staff or students create representations of complex systems.
  • Multimedia Assignments
    Students submit video or audio recordings, blog posts, or portfolio collections.
  • Museum Objects and Collections
    Students research tangible items in order to view course content from new perspectives.
  • Peer Instruction
    Students discuss concepts with, and learn from, each other.
  • Polling
    Teaching staff use customizable polls and surveys to gather and analyze data.
  • Portfolios
    Students engage in reflective practice and have a way to document their learning.
  • Project-Based
    Students take advantage of digital tools in order to learn by doing.
  • Real-World Problems
    Students engage in active learning to develop solutions to fact-based challenges.
  • Simulation
    Online models offer experiential learning; students test ideas by making decisions and negotiating.
  • Timeline
    Students use web-based platforms for visualizing, publishing, and researching chronological narratives.
  • Visualizing Data
    Students learn representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data. 
  • Wisdom of the Crowd
    Teaching staff crowdsource students to find the most effective solution to a problem or question.
  • Writing
    Students develop skills in building strong arguments; focus on structure, ideas, and clarity.
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