Crafting a Signature Georgetown Experience From a Distance: Announcing the Virtual TLISI 2020
For 20 years, the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) has been many things for faculty, staff and graduate students of the university: a place to develop as teachers, an opportunity to try out new and interesting pedagogical ideas, and a community built around the core principles of Georgetown. Although we are separated by great distances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TLISI 2020 will nonetheless remain a place where we build community around Georgetown’s principles and around a common theme of crafting a signature “Georgetown Experience” through remote learning. From May 19 to 20, the Center for New Designs in Learning in Scholarship will be hosting online webinars, panels, and Productive Open Design Sessions (PODS) to provide opportunities for professional development and pedagogical innovation that have been the hallmark for our conference for two decades.
This year’s conference will feature multiple concurrent webinar sessions hosted by CNDLS staff and a panel of Georgetown Deans, moderated by Eddie Maloney, Executive Director of CNDLS. The Deans panel consists of Dean Paul Almeida (McDonough School of Business), Dean Christopher Celenza (Georgetown College), Dean Carole Roan Gresenz (School of Nursing and Health Studies), Dean Alexander Sens (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), Dean Kelly Otter (School of Continuing Studies), and Dean Joel Hellman (School of Foreign Service). The Deans Panel will be followed by separate question and answer sessions with the deans. All of the sessions will take place on Zoom.
The concurrent sessions will cover various approaches to distance and virtual learning that are aligned with Georgetown’s core values of academic excellence, educating the whole person, community in diversity and “cura personalis”. Each session will provide opportunities for participants to ask questions to the facilitators and share their own strategies for developing a unique Georgetown education during the university’s transition to virtual learning this summer. All concurrent sessions will be run as 45-minute webinars hosted on Zoom and participants will receive joining instructions once they register.
TLISI will shift PODS to a virtual, mostly asynchronous experience. The six teams who applied and were accepted will use design thinking approaches and exercises to approach curricular innovation in areas of humanities, science, education, and advancement. These teams will kick off the week with a synchronous session on May 18 and close with an asynchronous debrief on May 21. For the past five years, PODS have been a useful space for faculty and staff to come up with the next big innovations in teaching and learning, and this year’s PODS will once again provide that generative time for collaboration and design.
As we reflect back on the great work of the spring semester in continuing instruction remotely, and as we look ahead toward a summer of virtual education, TLISI 2020 offers us the chance to collaboratively and collectively craft aspects of the signature virtual “Georgetown experience.” Please join us.