Posts Categorized: resources

When the News Hits Our Students

Many of us are struggling to adapt to a news cycle that, these days, regularly delivers disturbing and even horrifying news. Many of our students are struggling, too. They may have personal connections or reactions to a variety of things being talked about in the media: ongoing gun violence, and especially the recent attack against… Read more »

Getting Past Overpreparation

Here’s a question you probably don’t hear very often as you begin a semester: Are you too prepared for your classes? But that’s the question professor James Lang of Assumption College asks in his essay “How to Prepare for Class Without Overpreparing,” now up on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. As Lang argues, “the college… Read more »

Coffee and Conversation With Your Students: The Midnight Mug’s Office Hours Program

For many Georgetown students and faculty, coffee is not simply a want, but a necessity. Seeing an opportunity to capitalize on students’ affinity for caffeine and frequent library visits, the Midnight Mug, located on the second floor of Lauinger Library, developed a unique program for professors and teaching assistants (TAs) to hold office hours at… Read more »

CNDLS Design Studio: New Processes for Online Course Development

Every summer, CNDLS works with faculty from across campus to design and develop online courses, in conjunction with the School of Continuing Studies (SCS). With many Georgetown undergraduates leaving the Hilltop after spring semester, these online courses are an alternative option to on-campus summer classes. This year, in partnership with SCS faculty, CNDLS designed and… Read more »

2017 Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute Recap

Each year, we here at CNDLS strive to put together a diverse, engaging conference called the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) aimed at bringing our Georgetown community of faculty, staff and students together to learn and grow. Working under the theme of Complexity, Diversity and Change: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century,… Read more »

Looking Forward: A Community Site for GU Domains

This June, a group of CNDLS staff attended the Domains 2017 conference in Oklahoma City and presented their exciting vision for a Domains Community Site—a community space where users can create, collaborate and discover with each other in an online environment. The presenters, who included CNDLS’ Yianna Vovides, Yong Lee, and Marie Selvanadin in addition… Read more »

Get Backward on Technology

These days there’s always some new technology, something new and shiny, to bring into the classroom. But “new” and “shiny” are not, in themselves, good reasons to adopt a new technology in your classroom; nor are they good reasons to reject it. Whether we’re talking about a virtual reality headset, a collaborative online game, the… Read more »

Charged Learning Spaces: Teaching After the Election

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many classrooms have become charged and fraught spaces. Regardless of the subject matter, students carry their feelings and opinions into the room. Some may be elated and others may be shaken, grieving, and fearful; any of these feelings (and more) might affect students’ ability to learn. In some… Read more »