What We’re Learning About Learning Podcast: Bringing Belonging to the Classroom

We wrapped up our second season with a closer look at a theme that has come up repeatedly in our podcast: belonging. Our interviews with faculty have focused on a wide range of topics, including antiracist pedagogy, accessibility, experiential learning, well-being, and religious diversity. But, in conversation after conversation, the faculty, staff, and students we talked with emphasized the importance of the feeling of belonging in the learning experience. In this episode, we pulled together these conversations to highlight patterns, insights, and key takeaways.

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Notes from a Faculty Panel: Tools and Techniques to Sustain Good Teaching

As part of our annual back-to-class support known as Digital Learning Days, we invited three well-regarded professors to speak and field questions. Angela van Doorn (Biology), Patrick Johnson (Physics), and Huaping Lu-Adler (Philosophy) joined us for an hour-long  panel on “This Made My Life Easier”: Tools and Techniques to Sustain Good Teaching. We discussed the tools and techniques they rely on to prepare efficiently for the semester, run a smooth class session, and develop strong relationships with and among students. (more…)

Digital Learning Days, Back in the Car Barn (And Online)

We’re looking forward to welcoming Hoyas back on campus this fall, with a strengthened sense of community making its way into our new routines. That’s why, this year, we’re offering Digital Learning Days on August 18, 2022 in-person and August 19 virtually, on Zoom. Our schedule of offerings reflects the sort of semester we’re embarking on—one focused on good, basic teaching practices, navigating adaptations as they come.

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What We’re Learning About Learning Podcast: Religious and Spiritual Diversity in the Classroom

Religious and spiritual identity is a complex, often invisible, and important element in the diversity of our students; our approach to this diversity can powerfully shape a student’s experiences in our courses. As we explore in the current episode of our podcast, What We’re Learning About Learning, some choices can help all of our students feel welcome, whereas other choices can cause affected students to check out of the learning experience altogether.

The episode brings together three clergy from Campus Ministry at Georgetown University to talk about the good and bad experiences students regularly share with them: Rabbi Rachel Gartner, the most recent Director for Jewish Life; Imam Yahya Hendi, the Director for Muslim Life; and Brahmachari Sharan, the Director for Dharmic Life and Hindu Spiritual Advisor for Campus Ministry. Georgetown is a Jesuit university committed to religious inclusion, yet, despite good intentions, some students from marginalized religious and spiritual traditions are encountering biases and discrimination in our classrooms.

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What We’re Learning About Learning Podcast: Supporting Student Wellbeing and Learning

Students everywhere have experienced the brunt of the pandemic not only through learning loss but also through extended, well-documented mental health issues. Results from a survey done by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health in 2021 show that students struggle to cope with coursework and the pressure to excel in school, especially as their priorities have shifted to maintaining personal relationships and mental health. In CNDLS’ latest podcast episode of What We Are Learning about Learning, hear how faculty members at Georgetown have fostered trust and belonging and motivated students by opening up to those students and creating a shared space of vulnerability and whole-person learning in the classroom. (more…)

Creating Space for Learning: Reflections on TLISI 2022

TLISI attendees follow the Guided Eco ArtWalk and Discussion with Environmental Graphiti artist Alisa Singer and Pete Marra, Director of the Earth Commons.

For the first time in two years, we were able to hold our May Teaching, Learning and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) partially in-person as we broke bread (and wine, and ice cream) and enjoyed some glorious weather on the back patio of the Healey Family Student Center. It was a joy to see both familiar and new faces—albeit masked—of faculty, graduate students, medical educators, and the many staff and AAP who support the enterprise of learning at our university. The institute comprised two days of in-person sessions that were live streamed, as well as two days of completely virtual programming. 

Our theme was Creating Space—an intentionally open, expansive, creative phrase that we hoped would inspire a range of responses to our Call for Session Proposals. We felt this term encompassed physical, virtual, and hybrid spaces for learning; the psychological space within our classes to tend to the social, emotional, and well-being aspects of students; and a welcoming space for all learners to feel that they belong within our classrooms, in our disciplines, and at our university.

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End of School Year 2022 Reflection

The 2022 school year was a school year like no other. Students, faculty and staff navigated through the changing regulations of COVID-19 with agility and endurance. Chelsea Zhang, a graduate associate at CNDLS and graduating public relations student, asked several students and faculty members to reflect on the 2021-2022 school year at Georgetown.  (more…)

The Impact of the Ukrainian Crisis on Higher Education

Since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, Georgetown has responded in myriad ways. From public prayer sessions to organized support by student clubs, the Georgetown community has expressed solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Katya Sedova, a student from Ukraine currently studying at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), expressed her faith in Ukrainian solidarity at a Georgetown town hall. “I want you to understand to what extent Ukrainians will resist. It’s not a hashtag. It is a reality for every Ukrainian, wherever they are in the world,” as reported in The Hoya.   (more…)

Digital Learning Webinar Recording: Innovative Feedback Strategies

DL Webinar Innovative Feedback Strategies from CNDLS on Vimeo. To help us get ready for the end of the semester, on March 17th, 2022, executive director for digital learning Molly Chehak and assistant director for digital learning Lee Skallerup Bessette offered some tools and strategies to help give feedback to students. From comments in Google Docs to oral feedback in Speedgrader in Canvas, this webinar is full of examples and strategies to help students understand and access your feedback. You can always email cndls@georgetown.edu if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss any of these tools and strategies.

DL Webinar Innovative Feedback Strategies from CNDLS on Vimeo.

To help us get ready for the end of the semester, on March 17th, 2022, executive director for digital learning Molly Chehak and assistant director for digital learning Lee Skallerup Bessette offered some tools and strategies to help give feedback to students. From comments in Google Docs to oral feedback in Speedgrader in Canvas, this webinar is full of examples and strategies to help students understand and access your feedback.

You can always email cndls@georgetown.edu if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss any of these tools and strategies.