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Dear Gen Ed & Humanities TFs,

I hope the term is off to a good start.
This email addresses the following top

  • Course Enrollment Lists
  • Sectioning (Help Available Today & Tomorrow)
  • Section Rooms
  • Adding & Dropping Courses
  • Accessible Education Office Letters
  • Pedagogical Support
    • Bok Seminars

Please note that all Head TF emails throughout the term can be found on the Gen Ed website.

More information on the above topics can be found in Teaching in Gen Ed. If you have any questions as you prepare for the start of term, please don't hesitate to contact your course coordinator.

Laura E. Hess, Ph.D.  ▪  Associate Director
Program in General Education  ▪  Harvard College
Smith Campus Center 4th floor ▪  (617) 495-3002

Course Enrollment Lists
By the Course Registration Deadline (Friday, January 27th), students submitted their formal course enrollments to the Registrar's Office. Over the weekend, you should have seen student enrollment on your course website (in the People section) and in my.harvard (in Class Roster under the Teaching/Advising tab). Over the weekend, Gen Ed Administrative Program Director Stephanie Kenen sent information about any section allocation changes directly to course heads. Course coordinators will follow up with course heads and TFs this week to process any changes that need to be made.

Sectioning (Help Available Today & Tomorrow)
You may begin sectioning now that your enrollment was finalized on the Course Registration Deadline, although please note that sections do not typically begin until the third week of classes. You will need to use the new sectioning tool that is directly tied to course enrollment in the new my.harvard system. If you need assistance, we encourage you to utilize the training resources in the my.harvard Knowledge Center, which has full documentation, demo videos and a downloadable guide. The Registrar’s Office will also be holding walk-in labs at the following times:
  • Monday, January 30th, 9-11
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 3-5
All sessions will be held in the large conference room on the fourth floor of the Smith Campus Center. Please note that these labs are designed to troubleshoot issues or answer specific questions; they are not training sessions. Participants will be expected to have already reviewed the Knowledge Center materials. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-496-5212 or with any questions or concerns about the sectioning tool.

Please note: When creating sections in my.harvard, do not make any changes to the existing Class Section titled “DIS.”  Please create additional sections for your specific section meeting times. Altering the placeholder “DIS” entry could result in enrollment problems for students.

Section Rooms
If you are having difficulty finding rooms via the Classrooms page of the Registrar’s website, please check out the classroom information on the Media & Technology Services website or contact your course coordinator for other room options. If you no longer need rooms that you had previously reserved, be sure to contact the room scheduler and release the rooms so that they may be booked by another course. The Registrar’s Office will confirm section-room assignments by the end of this week.

Adding & Dropping Courses
After they submit their Crimson Carts (formerly Study Cards), students can add or drop courses until February 6th (aka “Third Monday”) without a fee or until February 21st with a fee. They need an instructor’s signature to add a course, but can drop a course without a signature. Please keep a close watch on your enrollment and take attendance at section to make sure that the students who are attending are also enrolled (and that you don’t have students enrolled who are not attending). Students may not be added to a section until they appear on the official class roster (available in my.harvard under the Teaching/Advising tab) and they cannot access materials on the course website that are limited to enrolled students only.

Accessible Education Office Letters
Once your enrollment has been finalized, you should begin collecting AEO letters to prepare for students who may need accommodations for assignments or exams. Learn more in on the Gen Ed website or on the AEO website. Any questions about accommodating students should be directed to AEO at

Pedagogical Support: Bok Seminars
Register now for a Spring 2017 Bok Seminar! Each Bok Seminar offers the opportunity to explore an area of interest in teaching and learning over multiple sessions. Seminars vary in length and intensity based on their focus areas and goals. They range from 6 sessions to full semester offerings. Seminars are offered in the focus areas represented in the Bok Center Teaching Certificate. Learn more about Bok Seminars or register.
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