Academic Computing is a broad term used to refer to the use of information technology in teaching and learning, research, and museum and library resources. Harvard schools use instructional technology to enhance the residential learning experience and technology tools such as video conferencing and streaming video as part of a variety of distance learning experiences.
The Office of the Provost facilitates collaboration and discussion across the university on academic computing topics. Topics include instructional tool infrastructure, virtual scholarly communities, distance learning, digital resources, educational programs and the impact of technology on teaching and learning.
Harvard Academic Computing Committee
Co-chaired by Provost Steve Hyman and the University Chief Information Office, the Harvard Academic Computing Committee (HACC) is a university-wide committee that is principally responsible for coordinating the sharing of academic IT strategies, innovations, and solutions. In conjunction with the Provost's Office, the HACC sponsors the following activities:
- Program on Teaching and Learning with Technology
The annual workshop is a forum for faculty and instructional technologists to share ideas, insights, and emerging thinking in technology and pedagogy.
iCommons is a project that has created shared software platforms, services and tools for on-campus and distance learning courses.
- Libraries, Museums, and Instructional Technology Program
The Office of the University CIO holds an annual program for library, museum, and instructional technology staff at Harvard University. The purpose of the program is to encourage dialog between staff counterparts working in instructional technology units, the museums, and libraries.
- Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows
The Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows (PITFs) program was established to recruit and train fellows in conjunction with the Schools to work with faculty to develop digital course materials with immediate educational benefits. PITFs leverage existing software tools developed here at Harvard and provide outreach.
Digital Harvard highlights a sample of the University's online academic resources. the goal of the project is to provide quick access for the Harvard community, alumni and general public to a variety of material including online courses, museum exhibits, and innovative instructional technology projects.
As an initiative of the Harvard Academic Computing Committee (HACC) and convened by iCommons, the Academic Technology Managers (ATM) group is a community of academic technology managers from the Schools, which meets regularly to share information about effective practices in academic technology. The ATM is an activity-oriented group with deliverables and projects that are driven by the HACC’s agenda. The group exchanges ideas and expertise about services and resources, emerging tools and technologies, services for academic programs, innovative practices, and industry trends.
The purpose of the Distance Learning Special Interest Group is to share information across the Schools with emphasis on starting or growing distance learning programs or courses for degree or executive education students.