We appreciate the creativity and perseverance of our faculty to transition your instruction online. The decision to pursue mostly remote instruction for the fall semester 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. 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.

Online teaching practices

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.

Library resources

In addition to the specific resources listed below, learn more about how Harvard Library can help you teach remotely.

Technology and tools


Remote Work

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.

Employment policies, benefits, and resources
  • 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.
Technology resources


Health and Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our faculty is of utmost priority. We recognize the transition to remote instruction has been difficult and that physical 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.

Socialize Remotely

Although we are all practicing physical 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:

Business | College | Dental | Design | Divinity | Education | Extension | FAS | Government | 
GSAS | HSCRB | Law | Medical | Public Health | Radcliffe | SEAS & FAS Division of Science


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