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Teaching Day 2017

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.

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. A full program will be available in September. Sessions will run concurrently at:
9:00 – 9:45a -- Session #1
10:00 – 10:45a -- Session #2
11:00 – 11:45a -- Session #3

12:00 – 2:00p
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.   

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.  The list of poster presentations will be available in September.

For Students and Faculty

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

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 5 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).  

SoTL Poster Session              
A program of faculty presenters will be available here in early September.  Areas will include:

  • Active Learning
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching
  • Peer Review
Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 -
8:30am to 3:30pm
Event Location: 
Marvin Center, Third Floor
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