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CNDLS presents at CENTILE Colloquium for GUMC Educators in Health Professions

The second annual Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) Colloquium for GUMC Educators in the Health Professions took place on Tuesday, June 2, and featured several sessions highlighting the work of the Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ITEL). Our own CNDLS staff, Susan Pennestri and Graduate Associate Eleri Syverson presented on a year-long ITEL project… Read more »

Designing Assignments around Formational Outcomes

Georgetown’s Jesuit mission has an explicit, “formational” focus—looking beyond mere factual recall and toward the student as an interconnected whole. How do we design assignments that can effectively implement formational goals? Dan Bernstein, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas, shared his experiences experimenting with formational goals in his own… Read more »

Who is the Georgetown Student?

Georgetown students are often characterized as “high achieving.”  The stereotypical undergraduate is juggling 5-8 extracurriculars, a full course load, and a job.  But where do these young individuals come from, and why is the Georgetown student so high achieving? What do students juggle in their interior selves, and how does that impact what they produce… Read more »

Designing for Learning: Assignments that Work

This morning’s session, led by Matt Pavesich and David Lipscomb from the Writing Program and the Writing Center respectively, shared structured techniques for improving assignments. Matt and David initially offered the audience the opportunity to meditate on an assignment assigned in a previous semester that, for whatever reason, needed to be re-explained to students at the… Read more »

Tasting, Creating, and Packaging an Online Environment

Yianna Vovides, the Director of Learning Design and Research at CNDLS, kicked off “Chocolate by Design” by announcing her flexible approach to online classroom design. Having worked with online design workshops for fifteen years, she then confessed that she quickly grew bored of the “traditional” workshops for online design. This boredom prompted the CNDLS team… Read more »

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Diversity of Method in Capturing and Analyzing Student Data

In the second of three workshops exploring topics in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Sherry Linkon (English) and Dan Bernstein (University of Kansas) explored the tricky question of how to capture and analyze student learning. Both Dan and Sherry shared personal stories from their own research, highlighting their own unique ways of carrying out research…. Read more »

Gaming! Tablets! ITEL! Smoothies!

After a busy second day at TLISI 2015 comprising morning and afternoon concurrent sessions and a lunch presentation, TLISI participants circled back to Copley Formal Lounge for a social hour with smoothies provided by Maui Wowie in keeping with the wellness theme of this year’s TLISI. The smoothies were not the only draw, as some of… Read more »

Playing Until Your Students Win: Teaching with Digital Games and LEV/L

Bill Garr, CNDLS’ Assistant Director of Research and Development, led a session on May 20 at TLISI this year titled “Teaching to the Game,” which introduced faculty to the concept of using digital games in the classroom. Along with Project Coordinator and Instructional Technologist Yong Lee, Bill led the participants through a series of events designed… Read more »

Andria Wisler Shares Thoughts on the Promises of Community Engagement at Day Two of TLISI 2015

Andria Wisler, Executive Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service gave a reprisal of her TedX talk from last fall. A theme from her TedX talk was Ithaca, The Road Not Taken, a reference to both Homer’s Odyssey and Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken.”  Andria’s story begins when her… Read more »

Framing the Question: Introductions to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Session Title: SOTL Series 1: Examining Student Learning: What do you want to know about your students’ learning?

In the first of a series of three workshops on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Sherry Linkon (English) and University of Kansas professor Dan Bernstein helped introduce faculty to the main concepts and guiding principles of SoTL research. Guided by questions like “what really bothers you or gets under your skin?” and “what do… Read more »