The project gallery contains project spotlights reflecting the wide range and impact of the PITF program. With hundreds of PITF projects completed, the gallery contains only a small portion of the exemplary projects completed across the University.
This 3D, interactive Java Applet displayed a variety of overlying faults data sets which could be toggled on and off, along with a feature allowing the creation of a plane from three points. Read more about 3D Geology Viewer
Google SketchUp was used to create a richly interactive and historically authentic 19th-century psychiatric asylum on Harvard's island in Second Life. 3D historical models of Colney Hatch and Bedlam hospitals were created. A Google Earth KMZ file was used for easy distribution and to provide supplementary information.
Michael Parker and Elizabeth Ferrenz conducted over 30 one-on-one interviews with the best, most experienced tutors at HMS and compiled about 45 hours of digital “tape” (approximately 1000 transcribed pages). Using the information shared by the tutors, along with student feedback and other resources, they created a tutorial guide for students and faculty.
This interactivity was intended to simulate the original viewing conditions of Duncan Grant's "Abstract Kinetic Collage" (1914). Fifteen feet long and eleven inches wide, Abstract Kinetic Collage was to be viewed through the aperture of some device as it scrolled to musical accompaniment.
The PITF produced a 7-minute video each week, integrating American religious music, slide images from lectures, YouTube videos, webpage screenshots, and religious music videos. The videos were started while students were settling in at the beginning of class and again during the class break. At the end of the semester, these were combined to give a comprehensive overview of the course, its scope, and its trajectory.
With the help of a PITF, Professor Levinson created a web-based self-paced tutorial consisting of five lessons that students could walk through at their own pace. Each section included exemplars and hyperlinks to supplement materials tailored for the particular tutorial allowing students to “teach themselves.” Among these exemplars was a complete student paper that students were able to download and use as a model.
All images of artifacts were placed as markers on a Google Earth map. By clicking on the marker, you see a picture of the artifact, a description of it, and the name of the location in both English and Chinese. There was also a link that bounced back to the course website and the weekly lecture slide that corresponded with the image. Read more about Archaeology in Google Earth
Various solutions were implemented using the course platform. In addition, a wiki that was linked from the course site was created which allowed Professor Martin to easily update and share new content.
The glossary was built in Flash, and integrated into a standard course web site. The Flash application read data from XML files to generate the lists of words, then played audio files referenced by the XML. Terms could be accessed via links in the course website or through the glossary itself.
PITFs developed and implemented an experiment in pedagogy to enhance, extend, and deepen students’ engagement with and understanding of the course material by creating a comprehensive website for the course. They re-examined the use of images, introduced videos and readers, and re-designed the presentation of the course content based on provenance rather than following a set weekly topic agenda.
A reusable, expandable web resource was constructed that could be used for future courses, help the students in their research, and evaluate the importance of each topic presented. The PITF created evaluations for each lecture to test students’ comprehension of material, allow them to turn in home work assignments, and complete the final exam. The PITF created HTML web modules (web pages) that contained links to all lecture notes, lecture videos, available web resources, and recent papers on each topic. These were displayed on the course website.
Professor Tivnan integrated closed-question PowerPoint slides into his curriculum. These touchpoint moments were designed to gauge students' understanding while also providing the opportunity for everyone in the large class to"speak." With the help of clicker technology, each student could weigh in on the questions and Professor Tivnan could adjust his teaching based on the real-time response data.
PITFs developed an online collaborative research tool that allowed students to work in teams to analyze primary sources and to create sets of searchable online notecards. Students used social computing-style tagging to annotate the cards. The Collaborative Research Tool was built using the Cake PHP framework. The user interface was updated and refined, and a larger data set of source materials was imported into the application in 2009.
PITFs developed a MediaWiki template that allowed users to post inline, color-coded comments on a wiki page. This allowed students to use a different style when reviewing problem sets and enabled TFs to quickly identify students’ annotations on problem sets.
The PITF initially identified a product, Mind42, which met many of Professor Fisher’s criteria. However, questions about technical viability arose, and a decision was made to use MindJet Catalyst instead. Catalyst is a robust, web-based product that met virtually all of Professor Fisher’s needs, including an ability to convert his existing Freemind maps. In addition, MindJet offered a desktop product, MindManager, that provided Professor Fisher additional authoring features. The PITF ran some capacity tests prior to the start of the course, and assisted in managing student accounts in Catalyst. Professor Fisher implemented the pilot. Student feedback on using the mapping software as a discussion tool was mixed.