Engagement and Distance at the HILT

HILT conference participants: (top row) Melissa Franklin and Lawrence Lessig; (bottom row) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Robert Lue
HILT conference participants: (top row) Melissa Franklin and Lawrence Lessig; (bottom row) Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Robert Lue

THE THIRD ANNUAL Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference convened on September 16 in Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School, as more than 300 participants from across the University—professors, administrators, learning and teaching specialists—gathered to consider this year’s theme: “Engagement and Distance.” The importance of student engagement—“when they are challenged, when they own the experience, when they care”—is well established, HILT director Erin Driver-Linn, one of the conference organizers, observed in her opening remarks. President Drew Faust followed with welcoming remarks, asking, “How do space and distance influence student engagement?” The day revealed that distance can take many forms: not only physical but social or emotional distance as well, for example. And so can engagement.

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