The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) will host its second annual conference on May 8. The theme for this year’s event is “Essentials,” drawing on the framing question, “In this time of disruption and innovation for universities, what are the essentials of good teaching and learning?”

Ticket applications for this University-wide event are being accepted until May 2. Faculty, students, and staff from all Harvard schools are welcome to apply.

Short keynote responses to the “Essentials” framing question will be offered by Harvard faculty and a outside scholars organized around the themes “The Science of Learning,” “The Art of Teaching,” “Innovation, Adaptation, Preservation.” The event will also highlight first-round Hauser Grant activities and January Academy Projects during an innovation fair.

“Our goal is to create space for the Harvard community to actively discuss with one another what we know and believe about the essentials of excellent, transformative learning and teaching,” said HILT Director Erin Driver-Linn. “The boundaries and expectations of education are changing rapidly, and Harvard has added significantly in the past two years to experimental work in pedagogy with HILT and HarvardX — t is a perfect time to come together around the fundamentals, in light of this new work.”

Launched last year with a generous gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser (read here and here), HILT’s mission is to catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard.

Individuals interested in attending the conference can apply for tickets at http://hilt.harvard.edu/2013-conference.

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