We appreciate the creativity and perseverance of our faculty to transition your spring and summer instruction online. The decision to switch to remote instruction and plan for a phased reopening align with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. Each School will make a determination for fall semester instruction based on its unique considerations. We understand there are pedagogical, logistical, and technological challenges to these extraordinary measures. University leadership and your Schools are here to support you.
The Teach Remotely website, created by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), contains best practices, tools, and support for teaching your classes online.
The resources and information on this page can also help you adjust to remote teaching and inform you of the latest University guidance and policies for employment, benefits, health and wellbeing, and more.
Remote Teaching Support
We understand the challenges of adjusting to online instruction, imperfect remote teaching environments, and maintaining meaningful engagement. Learn more about the resources available to you and how to get help.
The Teach Remotely website can help you:
- Find best practices for online course platforms and norms, including setting expectations and making your content accessible.
- Review guidance for a range of course types, including lectures, case-based, small-group discussions, and labs/hands-on courses.
- Learn about opportunities for engagement during and outside class, plus additional resources to help save you time.
You can also see the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning's detailed advice and help for teaching remotely.
In addition to the specific resources listed below, learn more about how Harvard Library can help you teach remotely.
- Learn how to use Zoom, Canvas, and other technologies to support your teaching.
- Review the Academic Technology Group's comparison matrix to help you determine the tool best suited for your needs.
- Find Zoom troubleshooting and network troubleshooting tips.
- For support with these technologies or to learn what other tools are available, contact the HUIT Service Desk, your School's local academic support staff, or your School's local IT services.
Faculty Affairs and HR are actively addressing the unique employment considerations and questions across our workforce. The situation is changing rapidly and policies are being reviewed and adjusted accordingly to address the emerging issues and concerns of faculty and staff.
- Review HR's Coronavirus Workplace Policies to understand how Harvard has enhanced its paid time off benefits, to learn about pay continuity if operations are curtailed, and to amended other policies.
- Review HR's Remote Work Resources to understand the guiding principles that can help you and your team implement effective flexwork.
- Review HUIT's IT for working remotely website and frequently asked questions.
- Find options for accessing the internet remotely, including free and reduced-rate plans, and improving your network connection.
- Know how to increase privacy for Zoom meetings.
- Familiarize yourself with collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Slack.
- Check HUIT's service status dashboard to see if there are any outages reported and sign up for alerts.
- If you don’t have a Harvard-provided laptop, you’ll need to take extra steps to ensure your personal device is secure.
- If you have any questions, contact the HUIT help desk or your School's local IT.
Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of our faculty is of utmost priority. We recognize the abrupt transition to remote instruction has been difficult and that universal social distancing measures have drastically altered our social lives. Visit the Health and Wellbeing page for information on preventative measures, resources on managing stress, anxiety, and fear; and more.
Although we are all practicing universal social distancing, we can still laugh, play, learn, and grow closer outside of class and work. Explore the many free virtual events and resources on our Socialize Remotely page—including arts and culture, exercise and games, movies and music, and mindfulness and spirituality.
School- and Department-Specific Resources
In addition to the University-wide advice and resources above, see the following School and Department sites for more specific information: