What We’re Consulting: What Are Your Teaching Goals NOW?

At CNDLS, we’ve been advocating for Teaching Goals for years; it’s much, much easier to teach effectively if you have a sense of where you want students to get by the end of the semester, and if you design backward from those goals. These days, most faculty consider this as they choose their readings and design their assignments, thinking, for example, about what knowledge or skills they want their students to develop in the course. But there are other possible goals to pursue, and the era of the pandemic makes some of them fairly urgent. (more…)

Higher Ed in the News: Post-election edition

After a divisive election cycle, America’s people have spoken and Joe Biden is the presumptive winner of the 2020 presidential election. With a new president comes a new administration, including a new leader for the Department of Education, and undoubtedly Biden wants to move the country in a different direction than his predecessor. (more…)

Digital Learning Days are Coming!

photo by Ameen Fahmy

It’s now official: our Spring 2020 semester will be mostly virtual, with some hybrid experiences on the main campus. No matter what format you will be teaching in, however, Digital Learning Days: Preparing for Spring 2020 is an opportunity to brush up on your current digital teaching skills and learn new pedagogical approaches. Taking place on December 8-10th, this opportunity is a collaboration between CNDLS, the GU Library, University Information Services, and the Academic Resource Center.  (more…)

What We’re Reading: Opening Paths to Belonging

illustration by Clare Reid

There’s more than one way for students to develop a sense of belonging; that’s the message from “Multiple Paths to Belonging That We Should Study Together,” a 2019 article by Jennifer L. Hirsch and Margaret S. Clark. But, given that this article was published before the pandemic, reading it now also implicitly raises a question: to what extent are those paths complicated by our shift to remote learning? (more…)

Thank Goodness: The Benefits of Gratitude in the Classroom

With most of a challenging semester behind us and Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a good time to think about gratitude. More specifically, it’s an opportunity to consider the potential power of fostering gratitude in our students. This doesn’t require training. According to research, faculty and students—who have lately been through a lot—have a lot to gain from focusing on what we’re thankful for. (more…)

Teaching Around the Election: Facilitating a Deeper Exploration

Our first post on teaching around the election offered four potential responses to the elections—flexibility, acknowledgement, expression, and exploration—and in our second we took a deeper dive into facilitating student expression. With this final post, we’ll look at pedagogical techniques to help students explore the results of the elections by engaging in such activities as discipline-specific analysis and synthesis, evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of various positions, and the regimenting and critiquing of arguments. (more…)

Teaching Around the Election: Flexibility, Acknowledgement, and Other Strategies

photo by Element5 Digital

Regardless of one’s political views, the 2020 election is unlike any other in recent history, and perhaps unique with regard to its potential impact on higher education. For a variety of reasons, anxiety runs high among our students—both undergraduate and graduate and in particular among marginalized student populations—and much of that anxiety is centered on or exacerbated by the elections. (more…)