ABLConnect is an online database of active learning efforts in post-secondary classrooms. It was founded in early 2012 by Dustin Tingley, Professor of Government at Harvard University, and Leslie Finger, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government. Started through the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), ABLConnect is now run in collaboration with Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
It caters to faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, post-doctoral students and anybody else teaching undergraduate, graduate, or professional students across every discipline. The site provides activities, lessons, and projects along with downloadable materials in a searchable online format. It also has video tutorials, interviews with instructors, links to valuable technology resources, and academic research summaries to back up various active learning approaches. Materials are contributed directly from instructors and come primarily from Harvard, but ABLConnect has been expanding and teaming up with multiple other institutions. ABLConnect has received financial and intellectual support from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT).
Faculty Founder Dustin Tingley
- ABLConnect lets educators easily search the ideas of others in a structured way, reducing the costs of developing content and bringing active learning to their classrooms.
- ABLConnect collects resources and information about specific activities, creating a common resource repository.
- ABLConnect helps collect data on college-level teaching practices across academic disciplines.