Posts By: David Ebenbach

What We Are Learning About Learning: Episode 5

artwork by Clare Reid Graduate students occupy a complicated role in higher education. Situated between undergraduates and faculty, they are students—though they don’t always get the focus and attention that undergraduate students get—and many of them are simultaneously in instructional roles—as tutors, TAs, and instructors of record. In the latest episode of the CNDLS podcast… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Class Discussion as a Forum for Inequity

illustration by Clare Reid Ideally our in-class discussions are a forum where all of our students can contribute and learn—but a recent study by Jennifer J. Lee and Janice M. McCabe (Gender and Society, 2021) found striking and meaningful differences between men and women in their amount and style of participation. Overall the picture is… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Building an Anti-Racist Teaching Practice

illustration by Clare Reid Becoming an anti-racist educator, as Kyoko Kishimoto emphasizes in her 2018 article “Anti-racist pedagogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom” (Race Ethnicity and Education) is a lifelong process. It’s a process that asks us to examine ourselves and the structures that surround us, and to involve students… Read more »

Introducing the New Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit!

Inclusive Pedagogy means designing the learning environment to be meaningful, relevant, and accessible for every student in your course or program. This approach to teaching is demanded by our Georgetown values and supported by a deep, broad, and ever-growing body of research. But how exactly do you do inclusive pedagogy? CNDLS has created the Inclusive… Read more »

Academic Cheating is a Big Problem—So It Needs More Than one Solution

infographic by Mindy McWilliams We’ve been talking a lot about cheating during the COVID era (including in our recent Higher Ed in the News Post). In fact, the statistics on academic integrity have long been disappointing—as others have noted, cheating has played a worrisome role in the educational experience for thousands of years—but the current… Read more »

Student, Staff, and Faculty Collaboration: CNDLS at the Virtual ISSOTL Conference

illustration by Clare Reid “Working with students, extending ourselves, and being receptive to the obstacles of 2020 helped us foster an agile mindset to a persistently uncertain academic and societal environment,” says Susannah McGowan, Associate Director for Curriculum Design at CNDLS and the Red House in a newly-posted panel discussion called “‘Things Are Different Now’:… Read more »

You’re Invited to the College Faculty Teaching Awards!

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 4:40-5:30pm, three members of the GU College Faculty—Patrick Johnson (Physics), Chandra Manning (History) and Libbie Rifkin (English)—will receive the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is given to “exceptional educators who are deeply committed to enriching the undergraduate experience.” In the words of Interim Dean Soyica Diggs Colbert,… Read more »

Learning. Design. Analytics: CNDLS Guest Blogging on Improve with Metacognition

The Improve with Metacognition blog explores the learning process through a focus on metacognition, or “the use of reflective awareness to make timely adjustments (self-regulation) to behaviors that support a goal-directed process.” In other words, they and their guest bloggers explore the way that thinking about teaching and learning can lead to better teaching and… Read more »

In This Together: Teaching Circles

image by Karolina Grabowska One of the core principles undergirding our work at CNDLS is the belief that teaching is partly a community effort. While faculty members may enter their (virtual or physical) classrooms alone, our teaching is at its best when we engage with our fellow teachers outside those classrooms. That’s one of the… Read more »

Making Spring Semester More Manageable for You and Your Students

photo by Max van den Oetelaar Given the challenges of virtual and hybrid teaching, faculty self-care is going to be crucial to getting us all through the spring. But even self-care can be stressful if it means adding another to-do to our already-long lists. Luckily, self-care doesn’t have to add burdens, and neither does caring… Read more »