Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching and Learning​

HDS and Harvard prepared a set of technology tools and pedagogies for online instruction.

Familiar technologies – primarily the Canvas online classroom environment and Zoom meeting software – have been linked and enhanced with new teaching tools. Please take time to explore these resources and refer back to them during the academic year. For questions or technology troubleshooting, email the Harvard University IT Service Desk at or call 617.495.7777. For HDS-specific questions, email the HDS academic technology team at


SLATE Teaching Guide: Teaching with Masks


"Tackling Global Challenges from the Harvard Classroom and Beyond"

The Harvard Kennedy School's SLATE program has come up with a Guide to Teaching with Masks that we highly recommend to those teaching this Fall


Friday, September 24, 2021: 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The last two years have emphasized the importance of active learning principles, working collaboratively in groups, and engaging with local communities on important issues. Given the ongoing worldwide challenges that were at the forefront of 2020 – 2021 (pandemics, racial justice, climate change, divided nations, food insecurity, equity, etc.), students want to talk about tough problems. How can we best prepare students to address global challenges in thoughtful and creative ways?  Register Here by Thursday, September 23, 2021!




HDS uses Canvas online course technology for conducting coursework and administering classes. Use your Harvard Key to log in. The Canvas help menu includes training and commonly asked questions. 


Live class sessions, appointments with instructors, and other activities will be largely conducted through Zoom online meeting technology. Learn the best practices for using Zoom in the classroom.


Harvard Divinity School Library staff can help you in multiple ways with remote research, teaching, and learning. View library resources