Stimulating Students to Think

Applied Math Activity

Activity: Applied Math Activity

Submitted by Sarah Lams, Applied Math

Goal/s:

  1. To enable students to effectively formulate and communicate mathematical ideas, and to engage with challenging mathematical concepts in a supportive classroom environment.
  2. To gain confidence as mathematical thinkers through practicing math problems in class

Class: AM147 – Applied Math, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

Quick Polling for Data Assessments

Activity: Intro to Data Science Lecture

Submitted by Rafael A. Irizarry, Public Health

Goal/s:

  • To allow both the student and the teaching staff to gauge if the lecture material is being understood.

 Class: BIO 260 –Introduction to Data Science

Introduction/Background: This in-class activity is part of a Biostatistics course that incorporates assessment questions throughout the lecture as an activity-based learning technique.

Mining Shakespeare

Activity: Mining Shakespeare

Submitted by Peter Henstock, STEM

Goal:

  • To introduce students to the basics on natural language processing
  • To utilize clustering and other machine learning approaches in a familiar context and trying traditional and non-traditional approaches to gain insight

Class: CSCI E-81– Machine Learning and Data Mining

Introduction/Background:

Hunger Challenge - Living on SNAP

Activity: Hunger Challenge - Living on SNAP

Submitted by Carla Cevasco, Humanities  

Goal/s:

  • To give Harvard/other college students, most of whom have never experienced food insecurity first-hand, a taste of the mental labor of living on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
  • To provide Harvard/ other college students a more grounded way to imagine living in poverty and coping with food insecurity

Class: HIST 60T – The History of Hunger

Community Service & Education

Activity: Community Service & Education

Submitted by Ariane Liazos, Social Sciences

Goal/s:

  • To better understand the values and assumptions that underlie contemporary models of engaged universities. 
  • To help students develop a fuller understanding of their role as a student, a volunteer, and a member of a larger community.

Class: Social Studies 68ec – Education and Community in America

Introduction/Background:

Complex Stats, Simple Tech

Activity: Complex Stats, Simple Tech

Submitted by Theodore Svoronos, Advanced Quantitative Methods I 

Goal/s:

  • The goal of the activity was to get the students comfortable with understanding the effects of changes on confidence intervals, a concept they had learned about in theory prior to the class.

Class: API 209 – Health Policy

Introduction/Background:

Action Learning in Strategies for Sustainability Management

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