Consultation and Course Design Services

We support a variety of tools designed to enhance pedagogical objectives and enliven student participation. IT and Media Services staff and Academic Technology Consultants collaborate directly with faculty, teaching fellows, faculty assistants, and students, offering our support to implement the most effective technologies on your website, with the ultimate goals of maximizing student engagement and fostering ongoing learning. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discover more, please contact us at coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.

Canvas course website support for Faculty / Staff

A website is provided for every course in the HDS catalog on the Canvas platform. Here are some examples of what can be achieved with your course website:

  • Post syllabi, assignments, readings, handouts, links and other resources
  • Use modules and assignment tools to organize teaching materials
  • Allow students to turn in papers digitally and teaching staff to grade them online
  • Facilitate communication between students and teaching staff

The Office of IT and Media Services provides website support for all courses offered by HDS. Cross-listed FAS course offerings are typically supported by the FAS Academic Technology Group.

Canvas course website support for Students

Our staff is available by appointment to give students one-on-one tutorials with any aspect of the Canvas platform that needs clarification. To make an appointment, email coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.

Zoom in Canvas

We have integrated Harvard's Zoom service into Canvas for ease of scheduling. Synchronous online class sessions, where everyone joins a Zoom meeting at a scheduled time, is one way to create engagement when students are remote, but Zoom can also be used to support other teaching and learning scenarios. Zoom can be used on laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and even desk phones, giving students many ways to access the class session.

For more information about Zoom in Canvas, see the Using Zoom for Synchronous Meetings page, contact us at coursesites@hds.harvard.edu, or visit the HUIT's In-depth Guide: using Zoom to teach online class sessions.

Digital content development

In addition to supporting Canvas, we provide training and support for:

  • Confluence Wikis – Create rich sites collaboratively with Confluence Wikis.
  • PollEverywhere – Poll Everywhere is a web-based response system that allows participants to reply to polls using any web- or SMS-enabled device.
  • Panopto – Panopto is a HUIT-supported video platform used for lecture capture and course video presentations at Harvard.
  • Qualtrics Surveys – From a class survey to randomized online quizzes, Qualtrics surveys can add richness to course assessments.

Academic Technology Consultant program

Academic Technology Consultants are graduate students with competencies in Canvas, media and A/V services, classroom technologies, and commonly used software programs. We welcome requests from faculty, faculty assistants, and teaching fellows for course-related technology projects, including consulting, digitization, web development, assessment tools, and course website administration for HDS courses. In addition to these services, our ATC team provides technology training and education to faculty, faculty assistants, teaching fellows, and students. Our Academic Technology Consultants can work with you to identify your teaching challenges and then offer tools, technologies and methodologies to overcome those challenges. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discover more, please contact us at coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.