Digital Learning Days Panel: Making use of AI in the classroom

Earlier this month, faculty from across Georgetown came together to discuss teaching with AI and more at Digital Learning Days, a two-day CNDLS event centered around the current and future possibilities of teaching with technology. On Tuesday, January 9, fellows from the Initiative on the Pedagogical Uses of AI discussed how they’re using AI in the classroom, and the impact it’s had so far. In this post, we’ll recap the highlights but you can also watch a recording of the panel.

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LEAP Facilitator David Ebenbach Shares his Answer to “Why inclusive pedagogy?”

LEAP community gathering from the Fall 2023 semester. LEAP facilitators (including David!) and faculty from participating academic units gathered in Car Barn 315 to meet with one another, and share how LEAP work is going for them.

LEAP community gathering from the Fall 2023 semester. LEAP facilitators (including David!) and faculty from participating academic units gathered in Car Barn 315 to meet with one another, and share how LEAP work is going for them.

[Pictured: LEAP community gathering from the Fall 2023 semester. LEAP facilitators (including David!) and faculty from participating academic units gathered in Car Barn 315 to meet with one another, and share how LEAP work is going for them.]

As the Learning, Equity, Access, and Pedagogy (LEAP) Initiative at CNDLS grows, we’ll be spotlighting a few of our CNDLS facilitators as a way to share more about how the LEAP process feels—because these are the folks helping to make it happen. LEAP facilitators at CNDLS work with academic units to strengthen the climate, content, and pedagogy of their department’s teaching and learning environments toward the goal of building and sustaining inclusive learning experiences for students. Developing anti-racist structures and teaching practices is challenging, important work that reflective and thoughtful facilitators are here to support you with and guide you through. Let’s meet them! 

First up, we’re highlighting one of our most experienced LEAP facilitators, David Ebenbach

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¡Presente! Gallery Visit Brings Students Closer to their Heritage, Course Content, and Community

In line with Georgetown’s mission to offer students with opportunities to “build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership,” Curriculum Enrichment Grants (CEGs) offered by CNDLS support course-related activities that strengthen the intellectual climate and provide students with first-hand experiences and exposure to the material they read about in their coursework.

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Saying Goodbye to Jamboard: Exploring effective alternatives

Google Workspace for Education plans to discontinue Jamboard, the digital whiteboarding tool, in the fall of 2024. After December 31, 2024, “you’ll no longer be able to access the Jamboard app or your Jam files,” according to Google’s help center post. Existing Jams will automatically be converted to PDFs and saved in your Drive. 

If you still want to use digital whiteboards in your teaching—and we recommend you do—there are other tools available. At the end of this post, we point to free, popular, and dynamic online whiteboards. But first, we’ll revisit how and why teaching with these tools help make class activities inviting and student-centered. 

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Supporting Students: Mental Health Resources to Share

Photo By: Phil Humnicky/Georgetown Univ.

Over half of college students experience mental health challenges. In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week, this post is dedicated to sharing some key mental health resources available to the Georgetown community. Consider including these and an array of other campus resources in your syllabus (if they’re not there already) or sharing them on your Canvas course site. Syllabus day might feel like it’s in the far past—(re)sharing these resources could serve as a refreshing reminder for students that there are many support services across Georgetown available as the semester’s calendar picks up. (more…)

Digital Tools to Support Your Teaching This Year

We recognize it may be easy to get swept away with conversations about AI as the most prominent technology in higher education right now (evidenced by our guidance on teaching with AI, for example). Though new AI tools are top of mind—and are likely to be for a while—we’re continuing to develop and support you in using digital tools to enrich the teaching and learning experience in other arenas. 

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Professor James Freericks Selected as Finalist for edX Prize

Credit: Geraldine Cox.

Congratulations to Georgetown Professor James Freericks, Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., K.C.H.S. and Catherine H. McDevitt, L.C.H.S. Chair in Physics, whose Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) made its way into the top 10 finalists for the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning. The prize recognizes exceptional educators for their innovative contributions to the learning community on the edX platform, a massive open online course provider.

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