HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Transformative Thinking and Learning

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Transformative Thinking and Learning

The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University supports innovative learning, teaching, and dialogue about cutting-edge, multidisciplinary global challenges.

The platform provides students as well as the public with a collection of educational resources surrounding Global Health, and an interactive tool that illustrates the intersection between them through conditions and themes.

The Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University supports innovative learning, teaching, and dialogue about cutting-edge, multidisciplinary global challenges.

The platform provides students as well as the public with a collection of educational resources surrounding Global Health, and an interactive tool that illustrates the intersection between them through conditions and themes.

Objective

This project aimed to provide broader access to a curated repository of global health resources. Custom interactive tools would allow users to curate their own collections and highlight the thematic interconnectedness which make those personal collections noteworthy.

Objective

This project aimed to provide broader access to a curated repository of global health resources. Custom interactive tools would allow users to curate their own collections and highlight the thematic interconnectedness which make those personal collections noteworthy.

Objective

This project aimed to provide broader access to a curated repository of global health resources. Custom interactive tools would allow users to curate their own collections and highlight the thematic interconnectedness which make those personal collections noteworthy.

Objective

This project aimed to provide broader access to a curated repository of global health resources. Custom interactive tools would allow users to curate their own collections and highlight the thematic interconnectedness which make those personal collections noteworthy.

Objective

This project aimed to provide broader access to a curated repository of global health resources. Custom interactive tools would allow users to curate their own collections and highlight the thematic interconnectedness which make those personal collections noteworthy.

Results

We consolidated the collective resources relating to Global Health education into a single platform, facilitating not only inter-college collaboration, but online access for students and educators around the world.

Results

We consolidated the collective resources relating to Global Health education into a single platform, facilitating not only inter-college collaboration, but online access for students and educators around the world.

Results

We consolidated the collective resources relating to Global Health education into a single platform, facilitating not only inter-college collaboration, but online access for students and educators around the world.

Results

We consolidated the collective resources relating to Global Health education into a single platform, facilitating not only inter-college collaboration, but online access for students and educators around the world.

Results

We consolidated the collective resources relating to Global Health education into a single platform, facilitating not only inter-college collaboration, but online access for students and educators around the world.

Immersive Discovery

The incubator is a colorful and inspiring space with meeting rooms, a professional recording studio and an abundance of sketch pads and multi-colored markers. The complex work of explaining the conditions and determinants of modern global health issues, as well as society's responses, requires expertise, time and extensive access to research papers.

As part of our discovery process, our team spent a week immersed in the daily operations of the Global Health Incubator at Harvard University. We observed how the team collaborates amongst themselves, and with professionals, to further their mission of providing access to global health resources across all disciplines, like law, medicine and social work. We synthesized this knowledge and data with the goal to build tools that would help them do this digitally, in order to accomodate broader reach and equity. 

Immersive Discovery

The incubator is a colorful and inspiring space with meeting rooms, a professional recording studio and an abundance of sketchpads and multi-colored markers. The complex work of explaining the conditions and determinents of modern global health issues, as well as society's responses, requires expertise, time and extensive access to research papers.

As part of our discovery process, our team spent a week immersed in the daily operations of the Global Health Incubator at Harvard University. We observed how the team collaborates amongst themselves, and with professionals, to further their mission of providing access to global health resources across all disciplines, like law, medicine and social work. We synthesized this knowledge and data with the goal to build tools that would help them do this digitally, in order to accomodate broader reach and equity. 

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Enhancing an Existing System

While Harvard uses an educational variant of Drupal called OpenScholar, it simply didn't have the flexibility required by the GHELI team. The new system would need to not only store and present a repository of resources, but more importantly, contextualize those resources with a complex set of taxonomies relating to geography, topic, sector, and target population.

Since only the repository needed custom functionality, we worked closely with Harvard's IT arm, Harvard Web Publishing, to deliver a hybrid site. The informational content was still housed on the OpenScholar platform but the repository was delivered by a custom application we built on the open source Django platform with Python. Enhancements on the resources site include admin filtering, the ability to create dynamic Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and PDF files, easy javascript autocomplete forms, an imaging library, and Google analytics.

Enhancing an Existing System

While Harvard uses an educational variant of Drupal called OpenScholar, it simply didn't have the flexibility required by the GHELI team. The new system would need to not only store and present a repository of resources, but more importantly, contextualize those resources with a complex set of taxonomies relating to geography, topic, sector, and target population.

Since only the repository needed custom functionality, we worked closely with Harvard's IT arm, Harvard Web Publishing, to deliver a hybrid site. The informational content was still housed on the OpenScholar platform but the repository was delivered by a custom application we built on the open source Django platform with Python. Enhancements on the resources site include admin filtering, the ability to create dynamic Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and PDF files, easy javascript autocomplete forms, an imaging library, and Google analytics.

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Expanding and Innovating

Once the repository component was separated from the rigid content structure in OpenScholar, the Django interface allows users to visualize the interconnectness of global challenges across many sectors, policies, and populations. This is the project's greatest strength, and its success relied on our ability to create a tool that not only visualized these relationships, but allowed users to construct their own web of resources and themes, harnessing the repository's data tags and content. For this, we designed an interactive "Sketchpad" where users could physically collect a grouping of resources from the repository, make notes, and analyze the relationships between them by turning on a data visualization tool we built to draw dynamic lines between resources that had shared themes.

Expanding and Innovating

Once the respository component was separated from the rigid content structure in OpenScholar, we were able to take the interface one step further and demonstrate the interconnectedness of global challenges across many sectors, policies, and populations. This is the project's greatest strength, and it's success relied on our ability to create a tool that not only visualized these relationships, but allowed users to construct their own web of resources and themes, harnessing the repository's data tags and content. For this, we designed an interactive "Sketchpad" where users could physically collect a grouping of resources from the repository, make notes, and analyze the relationships between them by turning on a data visualization tool we built to draw dynamic lines between resources that had shared themes.

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A Healthy Harvard Family

Sue J Goldie is the founding director of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI). She is also a scientist, physician and educator who is renowned for her scholarship in decision science, commitment to policy translation, and innovative approach to interdisciplinary education. As part of our engagement with Dr. Goldie and her team, we also designed her own professional website, suejgoldie.com, as well as a site for the Harvard Center for Health Decision Science, which she also oversees.

A Healthy Harvard Family

Sue J Goldie is the founding director of the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI). She is also a scientist, phsician and educator who is renowned for her scholarship in decision science, commitment to policy translation, and innovative approach to interdisciplinary education. As part of our engagement with Dr. Goldie and her team, we also designed her own professional website, suejgoldie.com, as well as a site for the Harvard Center for Health Decision Science, which she also oversees.

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Impact

Resources that were once confined to physical files at the GHELI incubator have been leveraged for broader impact in an online, interactive tool after being diligently annotated, tagged, indexed and summarized for broader consumption. The collection is now accessible to students, educators and the public at large and is presented in a clear, organized way across a single platform.

Impact

Resources that were once confined to physical files at the GHELI incubator have been leveraged for broader impact in an online, interactive tool after being diligently annotated, tagged, indexed and summarized for broader consumption. The collection is now accessible to students, educators and the public at large and is presented in a clear, organized way across a single platform.

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