Innovation in Learning

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VPAL combines expertise in data science, data engineering, software development, and education research to produce analytics and tools that help to transform the entire teaching and learning life cycle. Under the directorship of Professor Dustin Tingley, VPAL has produced tools that reduce frictions around learning (e.g., Syllabus Explorer, LINK, Public Service Portal), technologies like an open source adaptive learning utility and writing revision analytics engine, dashboards to better enable academic planning, and peer-reviewed education focused research.

Featured Tools

Learn more about learning tools for the Harvard community.

Logo of Link dashboard toolLink

This online, personalized dashboard provides certain members of the Harvard community with personalized recommendations on Harvard events, news, colleagues, and courses, all automatically tailored to the user’s interests. Areas of Link are also open to the public to explore happenings from across Harvard. Visit Link to learn more. 

Logo of Syllabus Explorer toolSyllabus Explorer

This tool allows members from participating Schools to easily search, filter, and explore the syllabi for Harvard courses. Visit Syllabus Explorer.

Logo of Harvard Public Service Portal toolHarvard Public Service Portal

The Portal allows the Harvard community - students, faculty, and staff - to easily search and explore opportunities from across the entire University for students seeking to engage in service opportunities. The Portal includes student groups, volunteer opportunities, events, clinics and direct services, internships, engaged scholarship courses, funding, and many other opportunities. Visit the Harvard Public Service Portal.