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Connecting Students, Faculty, and Innovative Web Pedagogy: The Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows (PITF) Program at Harvard University

Connecting Students, Faculty, and Innovative Web Pedagogy: The Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows (PITF) Program at Harvard University

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  • 1. Connecting Students, Faculty, and Innovative Web Pedagogy The Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows (PITF) Program at Harvard University Annie Rota Manager of Instructional Design & Development Kevin Guiney Instructional Computing Specialist Daniel Jamous Senior Specialist for Instructional Computing in the Sciences & Social Sciences Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services Introductions Outline - About the PITF program ! - Mission ! - History ! - Running the program ! - Lessons learned - Project demonstrations
  • 2. Who are we? Harvard Harvard Faculty of Graduate School of Medicine School of Public Education Health Faculty of Arts & Sciences Radcliffe John F. Harvard • Harvard College Kennedy Institute for Business • Graduate School of Arts and School of Advanced School • Sciences Government Study • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences • Division of Continuing Education Graduate Harvard Harvard School of Divinity Law School Design School Harvard University Not drawn to scale Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Context: What does ICG do? - support course platform - consult & develop digital teaching materials How do we fit into the University? - serve the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, where all undergraduate instruction takes place - click shows # of courses, students, faculty If it’s a small audience: ! And who are you? Do you have programs where students work with faculty on digital teaching materials? ! - How many of you are: ! ! - librarians? ! ! - instructional technologists? ! ! -flash developers?
  • 3. Who are we? Harvard Harvard Faculty of Graduate School of Medicine School of Public Education Health Faculty of Arts & Sciences Radcliffe John F. Harvard • 1,500 undergraduate courses per term Kennedy Institute for Business • 1,100 “active” course websites School of Advanced School • 1,100 faculty Government Study • 6,600 undergraduates • 3,700 graduate students • 41 undergraduate concentrations Graduate Harvard Harvard School of Divinity Law School Design School Harvard University Not drawn to scale Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Context: What does ICG do? - support course platform - consult & develop digital teaching materials How do we fit into the University? - serve the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, where all undergraduate instruction takes place - click shows # of courses, students, faculty If it’s a small audience: ! And who are you? Do you have programs where students work with faculty on digital teaching materials? ! - How many of you are: ! ! - librarians? ! ! - instructional technologists? ! ! -flash developers?
  • 4. Glossary of Acronyms PITF = Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow ICG = Instructional Computing Group FAS = Faculty of Arts & Sciences TF = Teaching Fellow = Teaching Assistant Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Alphabet soup!
  • 5. PITF Program: Mission For faculty: • Create digital teaching materials • Support faculty using digital materials For students: • Collaborate with faculty • Enhance professional development Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University • Enhanced Mission: extend support available to faculty for innovative use of digital teaching materials; AND provide students with unique opportunities to collaborate with faculty in their teaching • Students get: • ! - opportunity to collaborate with faculty they wouldn’t otherwise get to work with • quot; - professional development in learning technical skills and in conceptualizing teaching • quot; - opportunity to develop different kinds of relationships with faculty with partners in libraries, museums, archives, & other schools
  • 6. A brief history Projects Fellows 60 45 30 15 Summer 2004* Summer 2005 Summer 2006 Summer 2007** *approximate **As of 6/5/07 Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Before: 2001-2: ICG Internship program; 1-2 projects/summer PITF beginnings: ! April 2004: phone call from Provost’s oquot;ce; FAS has to launch PITF program for summer ! ICG dropped everything and focused on this program for the summer ! Developed the model for University-wide program Continued growth: ! - more projects ! - more fellows
  • 7. Running the program • Academic Year: support & consulting • Summer: project development Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Academic Year program ! - extend support & outreach ! - consulting using existing tools ! - drop-in support Summer program ! - ICG sta# act as project managers ! - simple faculty project application process ! - ICG develops “contracts” with faculty outlining deliverables, timeframes, & commitments Administration ! - student pay rates set to be competitive with grad student teaching rates ! - program diversity
  • 8. Lessons learned • Working with students • Working with Faculty Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Working with students: ! - limit development commitments during academic year ! - full-time professional sta# (i.e. us) critical to conceptualizing projects that can be a) e#ective and b) completed ! - full-time sta# roles change: ! ! - conceptualization & planning ! ! - technical oversight & mentoring ! ! - project managers & spacklers ! - recruiting: Facebook, posters, poaching from our colleagues Working with faculty: ! - plenty of management overhead to get projects completed ! - take full advantage of Presidential label on program ! - announcements from Deans get attention where emails from IT sta# do not
  • 9. Continued challenges • Balance • Growth Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Balance: ! - desire for rich development (depth) vs. breadth of curriculum ! - continue to incorporate assessment into our process Growing the program: what does it mean and how do we do it? ! - more projects? ! - more involved projects? The story continues... ! - Initial funding 1 year, renewed for 2nd year ! - Renewed for another 3 years; we’re in year 2 of that 3 now
  • 10. Harvard’s course platform Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University LAB-82 Screen shots: - sites organized in pages - pages contain multiple topic boxes - topic boxes contain everything: ! - documents ! - sets of web pages ! - interactive/multimedia elements ! - tools like discussions, blogs, dropboxes
  • 11. Harvard’s course platform Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University LAB-82 Screen shots: - sites organized in pages - pages contain multiple topic boxes - topic boxes contain everything: ! - documents ! - sets of web pages ! - interactive/multimedia elements ! - tools like discussions, blogs, dropboxes
  • 12. Harvard’s course platform Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University LAB-82 Screen shots: - sites organized in pages - pages contain multiple topic boxes - topic boxes contain everything: ! - documents ! - sets of web pages ! - interactive/multimedia elements ! - tools like discussions, blogs, dropboxes
  • 13. Harvard’s course platform Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University LAB-82 Screen shots: - sites organized in pages - pages contain multiple topic boxes - topic boxes contain everything: ! - documents ! - sets of web pages ! - interactive/multimedia elements ! - tools like discussions, blogs, dropboxes
  • 14. Project demonstrations • PITF Project demos Alternate Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Link goes to list hosted on ICG iSite Alternate link goes to set of screen shots
  • 15. Questions & discussion http://icg.fas.harvard.edu/ rota@fas.harvard.edu guiney@fas.harvard.edu jamous@fas.harvard.edu Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University - Do you have programs where students work with faculty? How are they similar or di#erent from the PITF program? - Pros and cons of working with students - Pros and cons of projects for faculty (next slide begins series of screen shots in case of connectivity probs)
  • 16. French Pronunciation Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University
  • 17. Mechanical Systems Simulations Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Click to show changed values
  • 18. Mechanical Systems Simulations Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University Click to show changed values
  • 19. Japan Pop Trailer Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University If network connection is working, click image to link to streaming server.
  • 20. Justice Blog Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University
  • 21. Collaborative Research Tool Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University
  • 22. Scroll Viewer Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University
  • 23. Tokyo Time Machine Concluding slide Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University 1. Contemporary satellite image 2. 1954 map 3. 1632 map, with west at top ! (note orientation of river)
  • 24. Tokyo Time Machine Concluding slide Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University 1. Contemporary satellite image 2. 1954 map 3. 1632 map, with west at top ! (note orientation of river)
  • 25. Tokyo Time Machine Concluding slide Instructional Computing Group, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services, Harvard University 1. Contemporary satellite image 2. 1954 map 3. 1632 map, with west at top ! (note orientation of river)