Henry Leitner is the interim dean and chief innovation officer for the Division of Continuing Education, Harvard University.
Over the past six years, Dr. Leitner has established a Digital Teaching and Learning unit that supports 500 faculty and teaching assistants in delivering high-quality and high-touch courses. In the current year, this group will produce nearly 900 online courses. It has developed asynchronous and synchronous cloud-based course delivery tools, and created specially equipped campus-based classrooms that utilize open-source software (OpenCast) and commercially available web-conferencing software (Zoom).
With colleagues at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Dr. Leitner co-hosted three global workshops for academics, practitioners, companies, nonprofits, and foundations that resulted in two recently published books: Learning Engineering (summer 2017) and The 60-year Curriculum (summer 2018 and summer 2019).
As senior lecturer on computer science, Dr. Leitner has taught large introductory and some advanced computer science courses Harvard Extension and Summer Schools, as well as Harvard College, for more than three decades. He estimates having taught more than 10,000 students during this period of time. In 1999, he received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2006 he was honored for 25 years of teaching at the Extension School. Among his former students are the creator of Facebook, Google employee no. 1, and Professor David Malan, who teaches CS-50.
Dr. Leitner created the Master of Liberal Arts in information technology degree, (the ALM in IT) at the Harvard Extension School. This graduate program exposes learners to modern software engineering methodologies, theoretical and formal areas of computer science, advanced topics in cryptography, nanoscale science, digital media arts and sciences and enterprise computing, as well as the latest trends in IT management and data science.
Dr. Leitner also co-founded Articulate Systems, Inc., a company that pioneered the use of voice recognition technology on the Apple Macintosh computer. He helped create the Indian Computer Academy, a nonprofit institute based in Bangalore, India. He received his master's degree and his doctorate from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics.