With the knowledge of the motion of the sun, the ability to find solar declination online, and how time can be used to find longitude from previous lectures in class, students must make a device to measure the altitude of the sun using a straw, protractor, and string weighted down to make horizontal.
This activity was made by John Huth for his Primitive Navigation class, so his students will have practical experience working with primitive navigation tools through this experiment. This activity will help students understand navigational stars.
The primitive navigation final project will involve researching a topic that requires data gathering and analysis, along with research into the history associated with that topic. The final presentation will take the form of a video that will be posted online.
Benjamin Weber created an activity that spans across the entire class to help students understand the concept of “diaspora” through constant reiteration of concepts from some excerpts given to the class by the instructor. Students learned how to close-read excerpts, write reflections, and create their own ideas about the theme of the class.
Students used a platform called Open Review (www.openrev.org), developed by the members of the Harvard physics department, which is a PDF annotation tool that is tailored to discuss scientific publications openly. Every week, students read two publications related to research in the Harvard Physics Department and used Open Review to discuss them online and learn about the academic research. Read more about Open Review Discussion
Guanchang Qian made every section and every day an active learning experience for her ER18 students to enhance not only students’ learning experiences, but also the students’ relations with their instructor. She exposed students to ER18 material every day through daily emails and supplementary readings.
In Systems Biology 200, a graduate level class with some undergraduates enrolled, one of the skills that students learn is how to simulate molecular processes in biology by writing Monte Carlo simulations (the Doob-Gillespie algorithm).Read more about Writing Stochastic Simulations
Graduate students in Anne Shreffler's seminar, "The Fromm Foundation and Contemporary Music in the United States," collaborate during the semester to produce an exhibition in the Loeb Music Library entitled, Composing the Future: The Fromm Foundation and the Music of Our Time. Read more about Producing a Musical Exhibition
In Hazel Pearson's sophomore tutorial for Linguistics, each student writes a summary of the material covered in a single week of the course. The instructor reviews the summary for edits/clarifications and then posts it to the course website. Read more about Weekly Summaries by Students
In Robin Kelsey's gen ed, "Seeing is Believing: A History of Photography," students complete a final project by producing multiple photographs that engaged the history of photography in an inquisitive and meaningful way. Read more about Photography in Practice
In his Freshman Seminar, Professor John Dowling assigned both basic textbook readings and supplementary readings. Since students were to lead the discussion of the supplementary readings, John ensured that they would have something to say by assigning weekly 1 page "thought essays" that required students to draw on ideas from the readings. Read more about Thought Essays
For History 97, the sophomore tutorial, students peer review each other's work. Each student writes a primary source based paper, which is based on a shared source base that all of the students have read. Students have to provide detailed written and oral feedback on each of their peers' papers. To guide their responses, the instructors provide a list of questions or points to consider. Students are to identify the argument and evaluate the extent to which it is supported by evidence, the organization of the paper, and the quality of the prose. Read more about Primary Source Paper Peer Review