Welcome to MyCourses, the new portal web site for Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This page describes what you need to begin using MyCourses. View the Features page to learn about the many online tools available within MyCourses.
Requirements for MyCourses
Windows XP/Vista/7 and MacOS (8.6 or higher) are supported.
Cookies and Pop-Up Blockers
Cookies are required for using MyCourses. If you are having trouble logging into MyCourses, cookies may be disabled or blocked for this site. Make sure cookies are enabled and allowed for the site http://mycourses.med.harvard.edu or http://eCommons.med.harvard.edu.
There are a number of pop-up blocking mechanisms built into connection software (offered by internet service providers), browsers, and third-party software. These interfere with certain features in MyCourses including access to resources. It is recommended that you turn the pop-up blocking software off while in MyCourses/eCommons to avoid such issues. If you experience a link that appears to do absolutely nothing, you should make sure your pop-up blocking software/options are turned off and try again.
As there are a number of options and software packages that provide this feature, we cannot provide instructions on all of them. We recommend that you contact your internet service provider if you require assistance. However, below we are providing links on some common software packages that block pop- ups.
New Pathway lectures are recorded and available to Students and Faculty through MyCourses. Click here to view answers to frequently asked questions about MyCourses Video.
A high speed internet connection may be required to view some of the large multimedia files in MyCourses. Numerous computers, which can be used to access these files, are available 24 hours a day in the MEC and in Vanderbilt Hall.
Several hand-held devices are supported by MyCourses. Click here to learn more about connecting your PDA to MyCourses.
MyCourses Accounts for HMS/HSDM/HSPH and Affiliated Institutions
If you are a student, faculty, or staff member of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, or a member of a Harvard affiliated medical institution (see list of affiliated institutions), go to the "Obtaining an Account" page to register your account. Note: members of Harvard affiliated institutions must use the email address provided by their institution.
MyCourses Accounts for Guests
If you are not a student, faculty or staff member of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, or Harvard School of Public Health, or a member of a Harvard-affiliated medical institution, you will need a Guest Account to log into MyCourses/eCommons. Guest Accounts must be sponsored by a staff or faculty member. Sponsors, please fill out the Guest Account Request form, located on the MyCourses Information and Training website (requires login).
A guest course can be created for HMS faculty who need to host a course that falls outside the normal registrar system. To apply for a guest course, please fill out the Guest Course Request form, located on the MyCourses Information and Training website website (requires login).
Faculty User Guide
MyCourses offers several benefits that enhance and streamline the educational environment at HMS. While the MyCourses portal web site is not difficult to learn and navigate, the MyCourses User Guide offers additional insights to many of the most common tools used when adding materials to your course.
Tutorial User Guide
Similar to the Faculty User Guide, the Tutorial User Guide offers additional insights to all of the tutorial-specific features.
Dean's Innovation Fund
The Deanís IT Innovation Fund was established by Joseph Martin in 1998 to encourage the application of new technologies to education, research and faculty development. These funds are administered through the Center for Educational Technology and are allocated by the Centerís MyCourses Steering Committee. Click here for more information on the application process.
Center for Educational Technology Projects
The HMS Center for Educational Technology assists teaching faculty in developing educational technologies to support medical education through MyCourses. A full range of digital services and programming staff resources are available for special projects. To request a project complete the CET MyCourses Project Requisition Form.
Visiting the Center for Educational Technology
Harvard Medical School is pleased to welcome faculty from other medical schools to visit its campus. These one and a half-day sessions will provide professional educators with an overview of its educational programs. Participants will be introduced to case-based pedagogy, methods of curricular innovation and assessment, incorporation of educational technology to enhance student learning, and the governance and course management structure at Harvard Medical School.
For more information about visiting HMS, read our Visitors Policy. If you are interested, please take some time to fill out our Registration Form and send it to the address or fax listed on the form. Both require Adobe Reader
If you have questions, please contact MyCourses Support at:
|Center for Educational Technology|
107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Vanderbilt Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 432-1173