The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to support Harvard’s teaching community. The Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week provide an introduction to teaching sections for new teaching fellows, as well as workshops for experienced instructors. The Bok Center provides support for individual instructors in the form of consultations on pedagogical issues and practice teaching including videotaping and review. Bok Center-trained Departmental Teaching Fellows, who are embedded in many departments, can offer additional support to graduate students when they teach.
Throughout the year, the Bok Center offers a variety of workshops and courses about teaching and learning for graduate students. Bok Seminars are multi-session courses on topics including leading discussions, oral communication, active learning, and teaching with multimedia. Additionally, several pedagogy courses and workshops are specifically designed for international teachers and scholars.
The Bok Center Teaching Certificate—which builds on existing workshops, seminars, and teaching practicums—offers participants a tangible record of their ongoing development as teachers in higher education. Graduate students who are particularly interested in teaching may also engage more extensively with the Bok Center through one of several Fellows programs, which focus on topics such as writing, media, and pedagogy.