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Teaching Day 2017

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Teaching Day 2017

GW’s seventh annual Teaching Day takes place Thursday, September 28, 2017 in the Marvin Center. All GW faculty are invited to attend some or all of the sessions at no charge. Registration is requested for the luncheon and keynote session. To reserve your spot, visit go.gwu.edu/TeachingDay2017.

Time Event Location
9:00 - 11:45am Concurrent Sessions by GW Faculty Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
12:00 - 2:00pm Faculty Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek: "Active Learning vs. Lecturing: A New Evidence-Based Perspective on an Old Debate" Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
2:00 - 3:00pm Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Poster Session by GW Faculty Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
5:00 - 6:00pm Special session for students: "Study Less. Learn More: Understanding the New Science of Learning" Gelman Library, Room 702


Concurrent Sessions by GW Faculty: Explorations in Teaching

GW faculty present short, practice-focused workshops on a wide-range of topics. From virtual learning, to case method, to peer review, and much more, hear from your colleagues about innovations you can adopt. See the full program below.

9:00 - 9:45am

Peer Review and Assessing Teaching Effectiveness: Concepts, Strategies, and Tips (Todd Zakrajsek, Patricia Dinneen)

How to Improve In-class Activities with Undergraduate Learning Assistants (Acacia Ackles, Alaina Pak)

10:00 - 10:45am

Community-Engaged Scholarship: Where Are YOU on the Typology and What Does It Mean for Your Work? (Emily Morrison, Wendy Wagner)

Break It Down: Steps to Blend or Enhance for Collaborative Learning (Paige McDonald, Laurie Lyons, Linda Cotton, Alison McGuire)

Engaging International Students in the Classroom (Jennifer Donaghue, Megan Siczek)

Teaching So Everyone Learns: Concepts and Tips for a Wide Variety of Learners (Todd Zakrajsek)

11:00 - 11:45am

Teaching Using Case Method (Kirsten Martin)

Active Learning to Teach Linear Systems (Jason Zara)

Fostering Creativity: How Design Thinking Can Enhance Your Teaching (Christine Pintz)

Active Learning in Online Instruction (Michele Kimball)


Faculty Luncheon and Keynote

Active Learning vs. Lecturing: A New Evidence-Based Perspective on an Old Debate with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Has a grave error been made in higher education with respect to effective teaching? There is a long list of research studies showing that including active and engaged techniques to the classroom benefits student learning. That said, the research does not state that all lectures are ineffective or that one should never lecture. In the debate of active learning versus the lecture, we rarely hear of the many types of lectures or the hundreds of types of active learning. The statement “active learning is more effective than lecturing” is simply too general to be of value. In this session, we will discuss the common types of lectures, components of any good lecture, what makes lectures ineffective at times, and most importantly, demonstrate effective engaged learning techniques to add to your teaching repertoire. Register for this event


GW Faculty Poster Session: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. Come hear colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small, as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. View a list of poster presentations.


A session for students - Study Less. Learn More: Understanding The New Science of Learning

Gelman Library, Room 702 

Guest speaker: Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Where did you learn how to learn and how to study?  It is an odd question, as you have been doing it for a very long time, and since you’re in college, you’re clearly pretty good at it. That said, what if the strategies you use to study are not the most effective ways to learn?  This session is not about spending more time studying, but rather how to study and learn better.  The overall goal of this session is for you to better understand how your brain works when processing information and specific strategies you can employ to become a more effective learner. Invite your students and attend yourself.

Keynote Speaker Bio

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek (PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology) is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, Dr. Zakrajsek started and directed centers for teaching and learning at Central Michigan University and Southern Oregon University (where he also taught as a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology).

Dr. Zakrajsek has served on many educational boards, including The Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal; Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft); Communicating Science in K-12 (Harvard); and Education Research Initiative (Lenovo). Currently, he directs five national Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.

His recently co-authored books include Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, to be released July, 2017); Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Education Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Routledge, 2015); and The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (Stylus, 2013). 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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