How Harvard Launched in Two Days

By Jess Drislane, CEO OpenScholar

When Harvard moved to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, it launched three important new teaching and learning websites in just two days using OpenScholar

Teach Remotely

Learn Remotely

Work Remotely

As soon as we heard this, we wanted to learn more about the people and process that pulled it off.

I spoke with Dustin Tingley, Harvard's Deputy Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Professor of Government to hear how he brought remote teams and content together for the fast launch. 

He shares how the Vice Provost’s office, faculty, marketing, and IT collaborated to:

  • Create a site building strategy
  • Structure + prioritize content 
  • Launch the new sites
  • Collect feedback
  • Measure success