classroom contracts

How do I edit my Profile? (Canvas)

Tools such as profiles in Canvas, Harvard’s learning management system, help instructors get to know students and cultivate accountability. 

Faculty-student low-low contract

Professor Chris Winship of the sociology department describes how reciprocity can also work against learning when instructors and students agree to mutual low expectation, defined as the “faculty-student low-low contract.” 

Knowing your Students

HBS’s Christensen Center for Teaching & Learning delivers quick faculty video tips on getting to know students.

Research: Expecting to teach enhances learning and organization of knowledge in free recall of text passages

Participants who studied a text passage in preparation to teach it to another student engaged in more effective learning strategies, and exhibited better recall, than participants who studied solely for an individual test, suggesting that instilling an expectation to teach can be a simple and...

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Teacher/learner dependency: A classroom culture of reciprocity


Kay MersethKatherine K.  Merseth, Senior Lecturer on Education, creates a culture of reciprocity in her classroom where students and instructors are expected to both teach and learn. “The two words are often interchanged because they are inextricably linked – learners need teachers, and teachers need learners.” She establishes this in part by requiring attendance and learning students’ names.

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