ABLConnect is an initiative of the Program on Experienced Based Learning in the Social Sciences (PEBLSS). PEBLSS was launched in early 2012 by Dustin Tingley, Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University. Now ABLConnect has teamed up with the Bok Center at Harvard and multiple other institutions and has received financial and intellectual support from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT).
ABLConnect is an easily searchable database that categorizes existing active learning efforts at Harvard and other higher education institutions. The database includes active learning activities that have been carried out in departments across the university by both faculty and teaching fellows. Since ABLConnect allows the collection of information on instances of active learning, in the long term it will expand to function as a dataset that will allow panel analysis of student skill acquisition and success.
- 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.