The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning

The Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) creates and catalyzes deeply engaging and scalable learning experiences that make a difference at Harvard and beyond. Working closely with faculty, VPAL’s team of learning and technology innovators helps ensure Harvard’s leadership at the cutting edge of education – residential, blended, and online. Vice Provost Bharat Anand, with input from the VPAL Advisory Committee, oversees 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.