Past Events & Recordings

Explore past events hosted or sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and its Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) office.

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

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