The Teaching and Learning group serves as a connector within the SEAS organization that facilitates and energizes innovative collaborations and learning opportunities in support of our students and faculty.
Our technical expertise, operational oversight, and passion for upholding a culture of safety enables us to offer a supportive environment in which students can design, fabricate, and innovate through their ideas. The connections that we cultivate within SEAS and across Harvard accelerate the transfer of knowledge from faculty research over to our teaching practice. We strive to enable efficient resource availability and utilization as well as foster a community of hands-on learners that are encouraged to explore their ideas as they execute projects within the SEAS formal curriculum as well as pursue passion projects within the SEAS-affiliate student organizations/clubs, entrepreneurial programs, or individual fabrication and design projects.
Essential to the SEAS student experience is the opportunity to put their theoretical learning to practice and refine their ability to work through the engineering design process. Our Active Learning Labs technical staff work closely with faculty and teaching fellows to develop course lab content that enables broad understanding of learning outcomes as well as supporting a broad swathe of open-ended design projects. From a first-year’s first design-intensive gened course to the ES100 capstone, our technical staff are excited to mentor student projects and connect them to the components, applications knowledge, and fabrications skills they need to execute.
We are inspired to push the boundaries of engineering curriculum design and implementation through the insight and research in engineering education pedagogy highlighted by the SEAS Learning Incubator (LInc) programs.
The presence of the active learning labs, computing in engineering education, fabrication and design shops, learning incubator, student organizations, cocurricular programs, and career development support functions within the same organizational unit enables the support of more comprehensive offerings, thorough programmatic alignment, and enhanced ability to coordinate across functions. Through this organizational design, we are able to center every dimension of our work towards the enhancement of the Harvard SEAS student experience.