Transformative Teachnological Teaching Tools!

In The Evolution of the Lecture I posed the question, “could we live without lectures?” and while far from the first to do so, I suggested that lectures need to evolve in our modern world. Clearly technology can enhance education, but how should it be incorporated? And, what tools are out there? Technological teaching tools…

Drawing Words and Writing Pictures

Today’s guest post comes from Anna Mudd, Curriculum Coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Center and MTS ’09.  What are the possibilities for creation and production of visual art in the university classroom?  How can we encourage students to not only criticize and consume but also produce visual communication?  What kinds of…

Book Review: The Practice of University History Teaching

Alan Booth, Paul Hyland (eds.), The Practice of University History Teaching. Manchester University Press: Manchester 2000. Reviewed by Martin Kroher, Departmental Teaching Fellow in East Asian Languages and Civilizations At first glance the usefulness of the edited volume The Practice of University History Teaching might appear to be limited to teachers in degree programs in history…

Disciplinary Expertise, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Today’s guest post comes from Cosette Creamer, a J.D.-Ph.D. candidate and Departmental Teaching Fellow in Government, who writes about the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary teaching. A recent article in the New York Times on St. John’s College observed that “as much of academia fractures into ever more specific disciplines, this tiny college still expects —…

On Teaching, Sailing, and Swimming

Today’s guest post comes from Suzanne Smith, who teaches in the History and Literature Department. …whether one falls into a little swimming pool or into the middle of the biggest sea, one nevertheless swims all the same.  – Plato, Republic 453d Throughout Plato’s Republic, Socrates provides us with an opportunity to think about images, figures, and metaphors associated with…

Day 1 of the FTC

We wrapped up Day 1 of the Fall Teaching Conference just an hour or so ago, during which we discussed the “Fundamentals of Teaching” in the three divisions, heard an inspiring talk from Mike Smith about becoming part of Harvard’s “Community of Teachers,” and witnessed a panel of experienced Gen Ed TFs give thoughts on…