The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) aims to — according to its mission — "catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard." With support of all of the schools and deans at Harvard, HILT sponsors a wide range of university-wide events that include both informal learning opportunities and structured exercises focused on this mission. Last spring, HILT held its first Learning Spaces Week, a four-day convening on innovations in classroom design at Harvard.
"We wanted to give [the convening] the space that is necessary — the metaphorical space that is necessary — to share the literal space across the university," says Kristin Lofblad Sullivan, program director for the Teaching and Learning Technologies Program at Harvard, and cochair of Learning Spaces Week with Stephen Ervin, assistant dean for information technology at Harvard Design School.
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Ervin and Sullivan discuss Learning Spaces Week, talk about why it was important, and reflect on the future of learning spaces in education.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.