Academic Technology Services

We support a variety of tools designed to enhance pedagogical objectives and enliven student participation. IT and Media Services staff collaborate directly with faculty, teaching fellows, faculty assistants, and students to implement the most effective technologies on your website, with the ultimate goals of maximizing student engagement and fostering ongoing learning.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discover more, please email us at coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.

Canvas course website support for faculty, teaching staff, and students

A website is provided for every course in the HDS catalog on the Canvas platform. Here are some examples of what can be achieved with your course website:

  • Post syllabi, assignments, readings, handouts, links and other resources
  • Use modules and assignment tools to organize teaching materials
  • Allow students to turn in papers digitally and teaching staff to grade them online
  • Facilitate communication between students, faculty, and teaching staff

We offer one-on-one tutorials with any aspect of the Canvas platform during regularly scheduled office hours in Andover G-9 (10 am–2 pm, Monday–Thursday) and in the Andover Theological Library computer lab. Canvas support is also available by appointment by emailing coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.

The Office of IT and Media Services provides website support for all courses offered by HDS. Cross-listed FAS course offerings are typically supported by the FAS Academic Technology Group.

Academic Technology Consultant program

Academic Technology Consultants are graduate students with competencies in Canvas, media and A/V services, classroom technologies, and commonly used applications. We welcome requests from faculty, faculty assistants, and teaching fellows for course-related technology projects including consulting, digitization, web development, assessment tools, and course website administration for HDS courses.

In addition to these services, our ATC team provides technology training and education to faculty, faculty assistants, teaching fellows, and students. Our Academic Technology Consultants can work with you to identify your teaching challenges and then offer tools, technologies, and methodologies to overcome those challenges.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to discover more, please email us at coursesites@hds.harvard.edu.

Content development support for blogs, wikis, and surveys

In addition to supporting Canvas, we provide training and support for the following tools:

  • WordPress Blogs: the Harvard WordPress platform offers many options such as a course blog with greater flexibility, or a whole website for a course project.
  • Confluence Wikis: Create rich sites collaboratively with Confluence Wikis.
  • Qualtrics Surveys: From a class survey to randomized online quizzes, Qualtrics surveys can add richness to course assessments.

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