Teaching Your Course

Academic Year 2020-2021


Overview of Recommendations and Resources

The Office of Undergraduate Education, working with the Bok Center and VPAL and guided by research with faculty and students, has developed the following recommendations and resources to help faculty members prepare and teach their remote courses. The content is the basis for this summer's Faculty Training workshops. 

It is expected that all courses and concentrations will follow the College's official guidance for remote teaching:

  • All courses should expect students to participate in 2–4 hours per week of synchronous course time (including instructor-student, TF-student, and peer group time) and a total of 8–12 hours of overall course engagement.
  • Teaching staff allocations will allow for smaller sections and provide additional appointments for course support and community building.
  • Departments/Concentrations/Areas should consider how to build a larger co-curricular online community. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available to help teaching staff implement course structures to facilitate peer interactions, such as supplemental instruction sections, study halls, and study groups.

In addition, OUE urges faculty to read about 

The site assumes that you already have goals and learning objectives for your course that are realized in the assignments and activities you use when you teach on campus. Nonetheless, it is worthwhile to review your course objectives. The core understandings with which you want your students to leave your course will be the best guide as you make decisions about how to adapt your course for the challenging conditions faculty and students alike continue to face.

Student Preparation for Remote Learning

In preparation for the fall, the College is working with students to ensure that all students have what they need for effective online learning, including a private, quiet, suitable space to work and sufficient technology and internet connection. OUE has described the minimum requirements for remote learning; course- and concentration-specific requirements may exceed those minimums.  

The Academic Resources Center (ARC) will continue to provide resources and support to prepare students for success in online learning. If you would like more information, please visit the ARC or contact its director, Donna Mumme (mumme@fas.harvard.edu).

Campus Research on Remote Teaching and Learning 

Faculty can find campus research on remote teaching and learning, such as the results of student and faculty surveys, in OUE's password-protected Document Library