Curricle, a curriculum exploration platform three years in the making, launched to Harvard undergraduates this week. As students arrive on campus and begin planning their semester, they can now find classes through interactive visualizations highlighting unexpected connections and fostering new modes of inquiry.
Curricle is beta testing this semester, and seeking feedback from all users on how we can improve the platform and build new useful features. In our first few days, we have seen 5% of the student body test out the website. We look forward to sharing their insights soon.
The Curricle project began in 2015, when then-dean of Humanities Diana Sorensen challenged metaLAB to envision a course selection tool driven by a liberal-arts spirit of inquiry. It has been supported by the office of the Division of Arts and Humanities and the current dean, Robin Kelsey, with significant financial support from the Provost’s Office and the Richard Menschel Fund to foster innovation in the humanities. The Curricle team is based in metaLAB (at) Harvard and its institutional home in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Thanks are due to members of that team, past and present: Jon Murley for administrative and financial oversight, Sebastian Diaz for technical development oversight, Patrick Lewis for technical development, Kim Albrecht for visualization design, Jessica Yurkofsky for design and development, Sarah Newman for intellectual direction, Maia Suazo-Maler, Snow Dong, Sinead Danaher, and Berkman intern Dash El-Hauge for contributing student perspectives, Vitor Freitas for data wrangling, and Jeffrey Schnapp, for vision and leadership throughout the project. The project is currently led by Associate Director Matthew Battles, Technical Project Manager Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, and Creative Technologist Jessica Yurkofsky.