Transforming your teaching for the Virtual Environment

Offered Annually as Live Stream Virtual course

Next Course:
This online modular course will be presented in 2 hour blocks on Tuesday evenings 7 - 9 PM (ET) and 1 hr block on Thursday evenings 7 - 8 PM (ET) for 10 weeks.

from Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to Thursday, April 21, 2022

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

Acceptance letters are emailed within two weeks after the deadline.

Program Directors:
Elissa Hall, PhD
Instructional Designer
Mayo Clinic
Neil Mehta, MBBS, MS
Associate Dean, Curr. Affairs
Roy Phitayakorn, MD MHPE
Dir. Med. Student Ed
Mass General Hospital
Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH
Co-Director, OPENPediatrics
Boston Children's Hospital
Course Description

This Harvard Macy Institute modular course supports health care professionals as they adapt new technologies and approaches into the learning environment for pre-clinical, clinical and post-graduate learners.

The course integrates the science of education with hands-on experience to support the transformation of teaching through the creation of effective synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning experiences and environments. Facilitated by educational leaders with expertise in using technology for teaching, this course will incorporate large and small group sessions with hands-on experiences, consultation to facilitate the development of your personal teaching projects, and opportunities for practice utilizing new technologies.

At the end of this course, educators will have developed a toolbox containing the essential skills to embark on transforming learning and teaching for the virtual environment.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Transform your personal teaching activities into effective and interactive on-line experiences
  • Apply a deliberate approach to aligning learning, teaching, and technology
  • Integrate technologies and digital strategies to facilitate assessment, collaboration, co-creation, and active learning
  • Devise strategies to utilize data and learning analytics
  • Foster an experiential, collaborative virtual learning environment
  • Reflect upon technological applications and adaptations for your own teaching and learning environment
  • Examine novel emerging technologies such as serious gaming, augmented and virtual reality, and virtual simulation



The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

*Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

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Transforming your teaching to a virtual environment has rewarding outcomes.
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