The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning

The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) offers faculty and students support and services to create the best, highest-quality 21st century learning and research environment—on campus, online, and beyond. Its ultimate aim is to ensure that Harvard remains the leader in teaching and learning innovation. Vice Provost Bharat Anand, with input from the VPAL Advisory Committee, provides budgetary oversight of the university-wide initiatives below.


HarvardX enables students worldwide to learn from Harvard’s world-class faculty. Collaborating with HarvardX’s instructional design and multimedia teams, faculty build and create open online learning experiences for residential and online use, enabling groundbreaking research in online pedagogies. 

Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT)

Launched in 2011 through a generous gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, HILT’s mission is to catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard. Partnering across the Schools and directed by Dustin Tingley, HILT forges collaborations, stimulates conversations, and provides support.


VPAL-Research combines expertise in data science, data engineering, and education research to produce analytics and tools that help to transform the entire teaching and learning life cycle. Under the directorship of Dustin Tingley, VPAL-Research collaborates with HarvardX, HILT, the Bok Center, and other initiatives.