Henry H. Leitner, PhD

Senior Lecturer on Computer Science, Harvard University
Dr. Henry Leitner is the associate dean for information technology and chief innovation officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard University. At Harvard Extension, he created the Master of Liberal Arts in information technology program. As senior lecturer on computer science, for over three decades Leitner has taught large introductory computer science courses and other advanced courses for Harvard Extension and Summer Schools, as well as at Harvard College. 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. He co-founded Articulate Systems, Inc., a company that pioneered the use of voice recognition technology on the Apple Macintosh computer. Leitner has oversight responsibility for the pedagogical, software engineering, and technical support teams for online teaching and learning at DCE, a campus-based computing lab, as well as a growing collection of continuing and professional education courses that collectively enroll thousands of students annually. His current research is focused on the emerging field of learning engineering, which involves the application of a principled set of evidence-based strategies to the continual re-design of educational experiences to optimize their effectiveness and efficiency. Leitner received his master's degree and his doctorate from Harvard University.


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