SEAS LInc ~ Innovating Pedagogy in Engineering and the Sciences

  • Na Li, PhD
  • Todd Zickler, PhD
  • Elena Glassman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Stuart Shieber,ames O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science
  • Yiling Chen, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science
  • Hanspeter Pfister, An Wang Professor of Computer Science
  • Tim Kaxiras. John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics. Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science.
  • Rob Wood,Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Rob Howe,Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering. Co-director, Harvard MS/MBA Program
  • Robert Howe, PhD attending the SEAS LInc Faculty Luncheon- 11/15/18 - Speaker Peter Dourmashkin, PhD - Blended Learning in a TEAL classroom
  • Eric Mazur, PhD October 2017 SEAS LInc Science of Learning Speakers Series
  • Greg Tucci, PhD - attending the Allen Downey, PhD Workshop -Eight Ways to Use Computation to Teach Everything Else
  • Hanspeter Pfister,An Wang Professor of Computer Science
  • Julia Lee, Executive Director for Education and Research and Rob Wood,Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Kelly Miller, Lecturer of Applied Physics and Ruth Graham, Guest Speaker LInc
  • Pia Sorensen, PhD attending the SEAS LInc Science of Learning Speaker Series:  Encouraging Great Questions: An Invitation to Deep Scientific Understanding- James Ryan, JD -
  • Aditya Ranganathan, PhD Student - Applied Physics and Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics
  • Xiao-Li Meng, PhD - attending Allen Downey, PhD Workshop -Eight Ways to Use Computation to Teach Everything Else

Welcome

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has established The Learning Incubator (LInc), whose mission is innovation of pedagogy in engineering and science. More

LInc Announces Recipients of 2021-2022 Faculty Fellowships

Congratulations to Elena Glassman, PhD; Robin Wordsworth, PhD; Fawwaz Habbal, PhD and Doris Sommer, PhD; and Woodward Yang, PhD who have each been awarded the LInc Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2022-2023. 

2022-2023
Elena Glassman, PhDElena Glassman, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Course Design: CS 178
Course Design: Fall 2022
Course Implementation: Spring 2023

Robin Wordworth, PhDRobin Wordsworth, PhD 
Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Course Design: New course at GenEd level on planetary science, spacecraft engineering and space exploration, with provisional title "Worlds Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of Space Exploration"
Course Design: Fall 2022
Course Implementation: Fall 2023


Fawwaz Habbal, PhDFawwaz Habbal, PhD and Doris Sommer, PhD
Fawwaz Habbal: Senior Lecturer on Applied Physics


Doris Sommer, PhDDoris Sommer: FAS- Ira Jewell Williams, Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies

Course Redesign: ES 27- Hard Skills, Flex Skills: Arts and Engineering for Complex Challenges
Course Redesign: Spring 2023
Course Implementation: during the academic year 2023-2024 (semester to be determined).


Woodward Yang, PhDWoodward Yang
Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Course Redesign: New Experimental Version of ES152 Circuits, Devices, and Transduction
Course Re-Design - Fall 2022
Course Implementation: Fall 2023


 

SEAS LInc Activity Report

Many thanks to all who participated in the past year!
We look forward to your participation in the coming year!

LInc Activity Report - 2020 -2021LInc Activity Report: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

 

 

LInc Activity Report - 2019 -2020LInc Activity Report: July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020

Reflections from LInc Faculty Fellows

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Owning Participation

Michael D. Smith, PhDMichael D. Smith, John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, LInc Faculty Fellow (2020-2021)

Many of us value student participation in our classes. It reflects student engagement with our course material, and it is a critical component of active learning—both of which we all know are fundamental to student learning and success. But how do we encourage students to participate meaningfully in our classes? How do we send the signal that participation matters without making it all about the grade or a game of guess-what-the-instructor-values? In answering these questions, I'll talk about a successful reboot of participation and participation grading in my discussion-focused course. Presentation - LInc Exchange - Reimagining Teaching and Learning at Harvard - View Video 

Leveraging asymmetry in student's prior knowledge through peer learning exercises

Salil Vadhan, PhDSalil Vadhan, Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, LInc Faculty Fellow (2020-2021) & Lead PI on Harvard’s Privacy Tools Project, teaches COMPSCI 120: Introduction to Algorithms and their Limitations, a new introductory course in theoretical computer science “aimed at giving students the power of using mathematical abstraction and rigorous proof to understand computation with confidence.” Many computer science students are “builders” who enjoy the creative aspect of the field, yet their mathematical backgrounds are often quite diverse; to some, mathematical theory is unfamiliar. In redesigning the undergraduate computer science curriculum, it was a priority to make this “new language, reasoning, and way of thinking” accessible to students early in the program. Read More 

Designing the classroom for deeper student engagement and feedback on learning 

MahadevanL Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics in SEAS, and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics in FAS used his SEAS Learning Incubator LInc Faculty Fellowship to emphasize active learning in his Mathematical Modeling course. He implemented a flipped classroom approach to enable students to come to class with problems and questions to collaborate on, time to develop their own problems from scratch, and work on modeling with peers.  - More

Instrumental Lessons in Engineering

Robert Wood, PhDRob Wood, SEAS LInc Faculty Fellow and Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences has implemented his newly designed course, Engineering the Acoustical World.  Read More - Instrumental Lessons in Engineering. 

Lessons in Learning

Study shows students in ‘active learning’ classrooms learn more than they think

Learning Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerFor decades, there has been evidence that classroom techniques designed to get students to participate in the learning process produces better educational outcomes at virtually all levels. And a new Harvard study led by Louis Deslauriers, Logan McCarty, Kelly MillerGreg Kestin, and Kristina Callaghan, now a physics lecturer at the University of California, Merced.suggests it may be important to let students know it. Read More    

Call for Proposals: LInc Faculty Fellowships 2023-2024

Submission Deadline: 2/6/23

The Learning Incubator (LInc)  is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for LInc Faculty Fellowships for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.  A LInc Faculty Fellowship permits faculty to dedicate time normally devoted to teaching a course to the (re)-design of an existing course to implement new research-based pedagogies and improve learning gains.  More 

Upcoming Events

2023 Feb 16

LInc Talk

1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Faculty Club - North Dining Room
Complete Information Coming Soon 
2023 Mar 02

LInc Talk

1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Faculty Club - East Dining Room

Talk Title: Coming Soon 

Catherine Crouch, PhDCatherine Crouch, PhD 
Professor of Physics 
Swarthmore College 
Visiting Scholar - LInc 
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences 
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2023 Apr 06

LInc Talk

1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Faculty Club - East Dining Room
Talk Title: Coming Soon 

salil vadhan, PhDSalil Vadhan, PhD
Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
LInc Faculty Fellow 2020-2021

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Linc Conversations

Ruth Graham, PhDLInc Conversations - Eric Mazur, Linc Faculty Director, engages educational leaders in conversation. Click here for more info. 

LInc Exchange: Reimagining teaching & learning at Harvard

Linc ExchangeWelcome to the LInc Exchange, an innovative conference where Harvard faculty reflect on the lessons learned from last year's pandemic disruption and invite you to reimagine education at Harvard moving forward. Last year’s unprecedented disruption to the educational landscape challenged us to transform the way we teach. As we head into the next school year, this is the time to reflect on the lessons learned and consider new modes of engagement and assessment for the next academic year. More Information