Past Events

2022 Midterms: Red, Blue, and You

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Recording coming soon!

2022 Midterms: Red, Blue, and You

The midterm elections are behind us; now what? Join Steve Ansolabehere (FAS), Theda Skocpol (FAS), Vincent Pons (HBS), and Dan Carpenter (FAS) as they discuss the outcome of the midterm elections and what it means for voters and the 2024 presidential election.... Read more about 2022 Midterms: Red, Blue, and You

How to Engage in Productive Disagreements

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 5:00pm to 5:50pm
Recording coming soon!
Slide deck
Harvard Gazette article


When faced with conflict, humans often fight or flee. But Julia Minson (HKS) and Francesca Gino (HBS) tell us there is a better strategy: to engage in the disagreement with an open mind and be ready to learn. Drawing on Julia’s research on receptiveness to opposing views and their joint work on the language we need to use to show others we are listening, Julia and Francesca will talk about how to disagree more productively.... Read more about How to Engage in Productive Disagreements

Courting Votes: Voting Rights and the Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Harvard Crimson article

Join Alora Thomas-Lundborg (HLS) and special guest, Davin Rosborough as they discuss the current voting cases before the Supreme Court and their implications for racial justice. Thomas-Lundborg joins the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (CHHI) at the Harvard Law School as the Strategic Litigation and Advocacy Director, from her previous position as a Staff Attorney for the Voting Rights Project with the ACLU. Special guest, Davin Rosborough joins Thomas-Lundborg from his position at the ACLU Voting Rights Project.... Read more about Courting Votes: Voting Rights and the Supreme Court

Tour of Teaching & Learning Spaces at the Harvard Art Museums

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Tour of Teaching & Learning Spaces at the Harvard Art Museums

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: 11:00am ET
Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for an in-person event with the Learning Spaces Affinity Group. The Harvard Art Museums will provide a tour of the facilities at the museum, specifically the spaces that are used for teaching and learning. Some portions of this tour will include spaces with capacity limits, so we will be gathering RSVPs. Please let us know if you plan to attend using the RSVP link.

Exploring Teamwork and Collaboration in Learning – A Social Event

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Exploring Teamwork and Collaboration in Learning – A Social Event

Thursday, September 29, 2022: 3:00pm – 5:00pm ET
Cabot Science Library - Instruction Room (LL03)

Snacks and refreshments included.

Building off of the HILT conference's theme of teamwork and collaboration, the Learning Design Affinity Group invites you to attend a social event which will feature hands-on examples of both! Together, we will explore how synchronous and asynchronous groupwork can work and how to design one for the classroom. Please join to connect with colleagues from across the university as we engage in various forms of (fun) cooperative activities!... Read more about Exploring Teamwork and Collaboration in Learning – A Social Event

2022 HILT Conference

"Teamwork: Facilitating Group Dynamics and Encouraging Student Collaboration"

Friday, September 23, 2022 - A virtual conference
Video recordings coming soon!

2022 HILT Conference: “Teamwork: Facilitating Group Dynamics and Encouraging Student Collaboration”

How can we provide opportunities for students to practice moving away from a competitive and individualistic mindset toward a more collaborative one? How do we expose students to different perspectives and enable constructive and collaborative dialog and projects?... Read more about 2022 HILT Conference

When Gender Matters in Negotiation

Thursday, June 2, 2022: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Join Hannah Riley Bowles, Roy. E. Larson Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program and Center for Public Leadership, as she explains how situational factors influence the potential for gender or other intersecting identities to influence negotiation behavior and outcomes. This event will focus particularly on organizational life and the boundaries of work and family. She will conclude with advice for individuals and organizations on how to reduce the disadvantageous effects of gender on negotiated outcomes.... Read more about When Gender Matters in Negotiation

Ungrading: Reimagining Traditional Assessments

Learning Design & Research-Informed Teaching and Learning Affinity Groups

Ungrading: Reimagining Traditional Assessments

Thursday, May 5, 2022: 3:30pm – 4:30pm ET
Longfellow 319 (13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA)

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The best assessments support robust learning by providing a means of consolidating and processing information, promoting reflection and metacognition, and motivating students towards deep learning. Yet critics suggest that mainstream assessment and grading practices often undermine learning and heighten inequalities by creating undue stress for learners and leading students to prioritize grades at the expense of learning. In light of these concerns, “ungrading” — including varied approaches to assessment and feedback that de-emphasize grades — has become a growing trend and buzzword in higher education. Ungrading aims to harness students’ intrinsic motivation, mitigate bias in grading, and provide students with more meaningful feedback that enhances learning. But what does ungrading really look like in practice?... Read more about Ungrading: Reimagining Traditional Assessments

Teaching Climate Change Across Disciplines

Tuesday, April 26, 2022: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

In this follow-up to HILT’s 2021 Conference, Harvard faculty from STEM and non-STEM disciplines will share how their students learn about climate change through various lenses. James H. Stock, Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability and the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, will provide an overview of climate education at Harvard and serve as moderator of this discussion.... Read more about Teaching Climate Change Across Disciplines

Getting Serious about Diversity in the Workforce

Monday, April 25, 2022: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST

Despite all the rhetoric about the value of diversity, people of color and white women remain seriously underrepresented in many industries and in most companies’ senior ranks. One reason is that companies have tended to take an add-diversity-and-stir approach, while business continues as usual. Join Robin Ely, the Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and founder/faculty chair of the HBS Gender Initiative, as she explains why companies have made so little progress, exposes flaws in the current “business case” for diversity, and outlines what a 21st century paradigm for reaping the full benefits of diversity could look like and how leaders can foster it.... Read more about Getting Serious about Diversity in the Workforce

Learning Analytics at Harvard Business School Online

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Learning Analytics at Harvard Business School Online

Tuesday, March 29, 2022: 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

A primary goal of HBS Online was to build a platform to bring active, social, and case-based learning experiences to asynchronous online learners. It was also a goal to instrument this platform to facilitate learning analytics and measurement to allow for the study and improvement of the learning experience. Brent Benson will talk about what makes the HBS Online platform and pedagogy different, how metrics and analytics are captured and stored, and give specifics around social engagement and procrastination metrics and how they are being used to improve learning experience and outcomes, especially among under-represented and diverse participant subgroups.... Read more about Learning Analytics at Harvard Business School Online

Flexible Classroom Panel

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Flexible Classroom Panel

Wednesay, March 23, 2022: 10:00am ET

The HILT Learning Spaces Affinity Group will host a panel discussion around the topic of flat flexible classroom space, via Zoom. We will hear from your colleagues from across Harvard about their experience setting up, supporting, and teaching in classrooms with flexible furniture and a flat design, allowing for varied arrangements and various pedagogies. We will have an honest discussion about the successes, as well as the challenges of this type of learning space. Come with your wonderings and curiosities. There will be time for you to ask questions of our panelists.

Scholar Activism: The Role of Academia in Advancing Social Justice and Racial Equity

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Academics and researchers, especially at institutions such as Harvard, are often viewed as disconnected from the real world, studying esoteric questions that are distant (if not irrelevant) to policy, practice, and decisions that impact the daily lives of people. At the same time, an unspoken expectation for research to be ‘neutral’ often creates tensions for students and scholars who are uncomfortable simply studying discrimination and inequality, and want their work to have an impact in advancing social justice. Join Natalia Linos, ScD, Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard; Magda Matache PhD, Director of the Roma Program at the FXB Center; and Jasmine Graves MPH, member of the FXB Center’s doctoral cohort, for a discussion on what it means to be a scholar-activist.... Read more about Scholar Activism: The Role of Academia in Advancing Social Justice and Racial Equity

“Understanding the Medical Field through Storytelling” with Neal Baer M.D. and Suzanne Koven M.D., M.F.A

Thursday, February 24: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Join Neal Baer M.D., an award-winning showrunner (ER, Law & Order SVU, Designated Survivor), television writer/producer, physician, author, and a public health advocate and expert, and Suzanne Koven M.D., M.F.A, who holds the Valerie Winchester Family Endowed Chair in Primary Care Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is also the inaugural Writer-in-Residence and is the author of Letter to a Young Female Physician, in a discussion about how the medium of storytelling can promote a better understanding of the medical field. This event will shine light on the gaps in current health education and successful examples of using storytelling as a delivery strategy.... Read more about “Understanding the Medical Field through Storytelling” with Neal Baer M.D. and Suzanne Koven M.D., M.F.A

Climate Change and the Law

Monday, January 31, 2022: 5:00pm to 6:00pm EDT

Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law, is a leading scholar of environmental law and climate regulation and leads the Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program. Freeman was the architect behind President Obama’s agreement with the auto industry to double fuel efficiency standards and set the first federal greenhouse gas standards under the Clean Air Act, and she worked on the Biden transition on the administration’s regulatory strategy for climate change. The new edition of Freeman’s book, Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, is due out this year. Join Professor Jody Freeman in a VPAL Signature Event on recent developments in climate change and the law.... Read more about Climate Change and the Law