Exemplary Video-Based Argument

Last week, I posted about some of the multimedia assessment guidelines we’re developing in the Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar. This week, I’d like to try to apply those guidelines to a professional video clearly intended to communicate an academic-style argument. Mike Rugnetta of PBS’s Idea Channel posts new videos once a week investigating “connections between pop…

Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar Application

The Graduate Multimedia Fellows Seminar is a new Teaching Certificate course offered at the Bok Center with the support of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. Over the course of the spring semester, the course will train graduate students in the theories, research, and skills necessary to design and evaluate multimedia assignments. Fellows will…

New Teaching Certificate Course

Many TFs teach in courses that require students to complete multimedia assignments (videos, podcasts, websites, etc.), but these TFs often have few opportunities to learn how to create and grade these assignments. Thanks to a generous grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, that’s about to change. This spring the Bok Center will offer…

The Science of Student Ratings

In early June, the Bok Center hosted a talk by Dr. Samuel T. Moulton, Director of Educational Research and Assessment at Harvard University and part of the team implementing the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. Dr. Moulton reviewed the research (more than 4000 articles!) that underlies the design and implementation of student ratings systems.…

Teaching Philosophies: Bertrand Russell

Hazel Pearson, 2010-2011 Departmental Teaching Fellow in Linguistics, recently wrote in: I came across this teaching manifesto — by Bertrand Russell no less — and found it really quite moving. Feel free to share with anyone else you think might enjoy it! Originally published in a December, 1951 New York Times article entitled, “The Best Answer to…

Gifts and Professional Conduct

Just because the semester is over doesn’t mean there aren’t yet more teaching-related issues to consider. Take, for instance, this scenario outlined by a colleague: Say a student left a thank you card and a gift certificate to a local restaurant in my mailbox. I received it yesterday, after grades were already due. Is it…

Bok Center Teaching Certificate Recipients

Congratulations to the first graduating class in the Bok Center’s new Teaching Certificate Program! Erin Blevins, OEB Louis Epstein, Music Allison Gale, EPS Odile Harter, English Arnold Ho, Psych Sadaf Jaffer, NELC Matthew Mugmon, Music Anita Nikkanen, Classics & Comp Lit Sean O’Reilly, History Asher Orkaby, History Ruxandra Paul, Government Shauna Shames, Government Victor Shnayder,…

Key Terms: Assessment

Assessment is synonymous with testing – but it should evoke so much more. What testing and assessment have in common is that they aim is to measure student learning: Did they learn? How well? But in practice, testing often measures how well students prepared for the test, rather than how well they learned. Tests also…

Term Papers vs. Blog Posts: Are We Really Having This Argument?

The New York Times published a special section on “Education Life” today, which included a thought-provoking article by Matt Richtel on the increasingly common choice of blog posts as assignments in writing classes. Richtel quotes blog-friendly faculty like Professor Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University and Professor Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University, who argue that blog posts motivate…