Tools and Techniques for Online Teaching and Learning​

In preparation for the Fall 2020 semester, HDS and Harvard have 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 semester. 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


Course Introductions Due August 3, 2020


Faculty Small-Group Training

Please record short video introductions for your Fall 2020 classes using the Panopto technology in your Canvas course sites.


Please sign up for faculty small-group training sessions for online teaching from 1 - 2:30 pm on Aug. 4, 5, 12, or 13. 



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. 


Staff of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library can help you in multiple ways with remote research, teaching, and learning. Get more information