Media-Rich Authoring with Scalar

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Interactive media form the cornerstone of the modern web. Scalar is a free, open-source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required, while also supporting collaborative authoring and reader commentary. 

Scalar also gives authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. 

Harvard's Scalar service is managed by Academic Technology for FAS and Arts and Humanities Research Computing. You can find the Harvard instance of Scalar at To get started with Scalar, fill out this request form for access, or contact us at If you are using Scalar for a class, you can contact and request that we load your roster in to the Scalar site.

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Scalar Showcases from FAS Courses

SOCIOL 1130: Student Leadership and Service in Higher Education GENED 1016: Black Radicalism
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SOCIOL1130 is specifically designed for Harvard undergraduates in service and leadership roles at Harvard. This course challenges the traditional line of inquiry in sociology of higher education which focuses on the effects of college on students. Instead, student capstone projects showcase student agency and the impact students have on their colleges and universities through policy and service.

By integrating students' service work with scholarship on Sociology of Higher Education, this course builds on “a new order of experience” that students in service and leadership roles are carving for themselves during studentship at Harvard, and “a new order of contribution” these students offer to the University through their engagement in service. Read more...

The constant conversation about the role of intellectuals and elites in radical movements in GENED 1016 prompts students to think about the history of student activism at elite institutions, particularly here at Harvard.

This  project is a collection of images, articles, and other files from the records of the Association of African and Afro-American Students at Harvard and Radcliffe, provides unique insight into Black student organizing and the experiences of Black students on this campus. Read more...

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