Talking About Teaching Series

    Experience. Debate. Act.

    TALKING ABOUT TEACHING is a University-wide seminar that explores pedagogical connections across disciplines and Schools. Designed by faculty for faculty, this seminar series showcases the work of Harvard master teachers through demonstrations of their pedagogy and discussions of its broader applications.

    The most recent speaker series focused on "Engaged Learning Through Stories."  Over multiple sessions, participants from across the University experience the pedagogy of Harvard master teachers, followed by a discussion – led by a faculty member from a different School – in which the seminar’s participants explore uses of the demonstrated method in their own classrooms. Each year’s seminar series is focused around a pedagogical theme. Previous years have included case teaching, experiential learning, and bringing the world into the classroom.

    For more information on upcoming sessions, visit the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

    Talking About Teaching playlist.

    Fall 2014 Talking About Teaching series

    October 9, 2014
    Image Based Learning: From Narrative to New Knowledge
    Kelly O'Neill, Associate Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences


    October 23, 2014
    Learning Leadership:  Pedagogy of Practice
    Marshall Ganz, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    November 6, 2014
    Design Thinking and Innovation
    Srikant Datar, Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting, Harvard Business School

    November 13, 2014
    Teaching with and Learning from a Universe of Data at our Fingertips
    Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

    photography©Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


    Previous pedagogical themes have included case teaching, experiential learning, bringing the world into the classroom, and feedback for learning.

    Faculty master teachers are drawn from across the University and have included:

    Keith Baker (HMS), Karen Brennan (GSE), Eleanor Duckworth (GSE), Diana Eck (FAS, HDS), William Fisher (HLS), Laura Frahm (FAS), Lani Guinier (HLS), Michael Hays (GSD), Ronald Heifetz (HKS), Nancy Kane (HSPH), Joel Katz (HMS), Hisa Kuriyama (FAS), Robert Lue (FAS), Joshua Margolis (HBS), Eric Mazur (FAS), Todd Rakoff (HLS), Dimitar Sasselov (FAS), Helen Shields (HMS), and Laurel Ulrich (FAS).

    Spring 2014 Talking About Teaching series
    Theme: Feedback for learning

    The three seminars in the Feedback for Learning series will progress as a sequence from feedback to individual students, to larger group feedback dynamics, ending with how instructors can incorporate feedback from student learning.

    March 5, 2014

    Session theme: Individual feedback

    Hisa Kuriyama, Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History; Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
    Laura Frahm, Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
    Pamela Pollock, Assistant Director of Programs for International Teaching Fellows, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

    March 12, 2014

    Session theme: Group feedback

    Keith Baker, Associate Professor of Anaesthesia, massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    William W. Fisher, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Faculty Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School
    Joel Katz, Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical school

    March 26, 2014

    Session theme: Instructor feedback

    Karen Brennan, Assistant Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education

    Dimitar Sasselov, Phillips Professor of Astronomy; Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

    Watch videos of 2012-2014 sessions here.

    For more information about past sessions, please visit the Talking About Teaching archives.

    Supported by the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT)