Helpful Info for Teaching Staff

The Gen Ed office is committed to supporting robust, cheerful support to all instructional staff in the program. Below, please find some resources that may help you in the 2020-2021 academic year. Faculty, Head TFs and TFs should feel free to contact the Course Coordinators (genedcourses@fas.harvard.edu) with any questions, needs, or concerns.

For Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Sunday, November 1, 2020: Daylight Savings Time Ends. This event may be confusing to international students, so please communicate with them about it! Below are some FAQs put together by the Office of International Education that may be helpful to include in your messages. 
     
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      What exactly happens on Sunday, November 1, 2020 with the clocks in Massachusetts and Harvard College?
      On Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 1:00 am local standard time in Massachusetts.

      How can I know if my local context follows daylight saving time?
      To check if and when your clocks will change, please see here.

      What does this mean for my classes and events?
      As of the time change on November 1, 2020 all Harvard College classes and events will be adjusted to local standard time in Massachusetts. Because many areas around the world do not observe daylight saving time, and because the date of adjustment varies for those areas that do observe daylight saving, the best way to get an accurate sense of whether your schedule is changing is to follow these steps:

      • Visit https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
      • Set location #1 as Cambridge, MA, with the date of November 2, 2020 (the first full day of classes and events when Massachusetts and Harvard College are back on local standard time).
      • Set location #2 as the location where you are studying from with the date of Monday, November 2, 2020. You should now see how your local time compares to Cambridge, MA, and Harvard College following the clock adjustment.
         
  • Help with Obtaining Technology. If you or your teaching staff do not have the minimum technological requirements for remote teaching, please contact HUIT directly by calling 617-495-7777. Please note that there is currently no approval for providing technology that will enhance teaching (extra camera equipment, extra monitors, ring lights, tablets/styli that aren't required for students to participate in your course, etc.).
     
  • Budget requests. Gen Ed cannot reimburse you for any spending not approved in advance. Please submit any budget requests to us via this form; we'll get back to you as soon as possible. 
    Please note that we will be reviewing budget requests for Spring 2021 holistically during the first week of December and will communicate with faculty then.
     
  • Contingency Planning for Remote Teaching Issues. See the Remote Ready website for guidance on planning for remote teaching disruptions and consider sharing this flyer with faculty and course staff.