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Teaching Day

Interested in adding a spark to your courses? Curious about the innovative work your colleagues are doing? Teaching Day, GW's annual celebration of importance of teaching, offers a place to learn about innovative teaching practices and to be re-energized by your faculty colleagues. The date for the 2023 Teaching Day will be announced in the spring. 

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2022 Teaching Day

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Curious about the innovative work your colleagues are doing? Wondering what resources are available to support your in-person, hybrid, or online teaching? Teaching Day is back! This event is a place to learn about effective teaching practices and to meet other faculty from across the university. You will also be able to explore Open Houses showcasing the teaching resources available through Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI). 

This will be a flexible, in-person event at Gelman Library. You must bring your GWorld Card to tap into and access the library for the event. There will be virtual viewing options as we're able to provide them. We are following GW’s current masking policy, which encourages face coverings in indoor spaces and requires them in instructional settings. We strongly encourage masking for this event. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Keynote Presentation: Cultivating "Problem Seekers"

Pamela Norris, GW Vice Provost for Research, will speak on Cultivating "Problem Seekers": Integrating Research and Teaching, a future-focused discussion of teaching as a scholarly endeavor and fresh ways we can think about integrating research and scholarship into what we do as teachers. The conversation will stretch across disciplines and invite conversation about GW courses and programs. This session will explore the “win-win” of cultivating student scholars, models for doing so, and related initiatives at GW.

Program for the Day

All events are in Gelman Library. The Reception Area and Teaching Exhibits will open at 8:45 a.m. in the National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC), Room 101. Coffee and light refreshments will be available here all day. Sessions with a virtual attendance option are indicated with an asterisk*.

Panel - 9:00 a.m.*

Alternative Approaches to Grading at GW: Examples from Around the Disciplines


  • John Helveston, Assistant Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, SEAS
  • Michael Massiah, Associate Professor of Chemistry, CCAS
  • Hurriyet Ok, Professorial Lecturer of Computer Science, SEAS
  • Heather Stebbins, Assistant Professor, Electronic & Computer Music, Corcoran School of Art and Design, CCAS

Room 702, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Labor History Research Center  

How can you involve students more fully in the assessment process? Our colleagues in STEM and social science fields will share ideas including student-designed projects, alternative minimum grading, and contract grading. After hearing about each panelist’s approach to assessment, we will discuss how these approaches affect instructors’ workload and how to communicate these practices to students.

Keynote - 10:00 a.m.*

Pamela Norris, GW Vice Provost for Research

National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC), Room 101

As educators, it is a cliché that our job is to prepare the future leaders of tomorrow. Yet, an estimated 85% of the jobs that today’s learners will be doing in 2030 have yet to be invented. How do we instill a truly diverse skill set that will enable graduates to compete in that environment? Dr. Norris will challenge attendees to think beyond teaching students how to solve problems to encouraging students to actively seek out problems that need our attention. Students, particularly undergraduates, who participate in research projects and the development of original scholarship build valuable skills that can be applied throughout their education and professional careers. These proficiencies range from research-specific skills, such as developing a testable hypothesis, evaluating source material, interpreting results, analyzing data and synthesizing conclusions, to professional skills, such as writing, organization, critical thinking, time management, teamwork, writing, and oral communication. While employers expect university graduates to have these professional skills, surveys suggest that the majority of employers do not think recent graduates actually possess them. By integrating research and research methods into their curricula, faculty can create structured and meaningful opportunities for students at all levels to excel in their future careers.

Faculty-Led Sessions

Sessions with an asterisk have a virtual attendance option.

Faculty Showcase #1 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Integrating Experiential Exercises & Role Play into a Curriculum: Lessons from Law School Courses*

Jessica Tillipman, GW Law School, Assistant Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies

Maddy Kadish, Director of Instructional Design, LAI

Room 219

The benefits of active learning are well-documented, but executing experiential activities remains challenging for many instructors. GW Law’s Government Procurement Law Program has had years of success integrating experiential activities and role play into their online and in-person courses to support students’ development of negotiation, presentation, and analytical skills. This session provides tips and examples of these approaches that can engage students in a wide range of disciplines.

GW-Adobe Science Education Initiative*

Sylvain Guiriec, Associate Professor of Astrophysics, CCAS

Room 218A

On-boarding non-science students in astronomy in creating a professionally-formatted space-science magazine. Measuring the speed of sound with a cell phone, balloons, commercial video-editing software, and some ingenuity. These are two examples of the infinite potential of the GW-Adobe Science Education Initiative. Together these learning activities focus in on bolstering digital learning and fluency through doing science with Adobe Premiere Pro and disseminating scientific findings with Adobe InDesign.

Faculty Showcase #2 - 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Learning Long-Term: Retrieval Strategies to Enhance Retention*

Sarah-Kay Hurst, Teaching Assistant Professor of French, CCAS

Room 219

How can we use research-driven principles from cognitive psychology such as retrieval practice to amplify learner engagement and enhance long-term retention? We will discuss specific techniques to create a captivating classroom experience, as well as explore ways to vary and create engaging activities that couple the empirical benefits of memory-enhancing techniques with the pedagogical advantages of active and cooperative learning. 

Creative Commonplacing in a First-Year Large Lecture GPAC Humanities Course*

Holly Dugan, Associate Professor of English, CCAS

Noah Bickford, Instructional Designer, LAI

Room 218A

How can professors encourage students to map their skills and interests when dealing with challenging course material? And is it possible to assign creative projects like this in a large, first-year lecture including first-year GPAC courses? In this presentation, Holly Dugan and Noah Bickford discuss how they worked together to develop a creative commonplacing assignment that draws on the best features of analog commonplace books while also updating it for use in new kinds of classroom environments, including online courses and large-scale lectures. They'll discuss how digital commonplace books allow students to understand the reading, apply insights to new applications, evaluate their own relationship to course themes and create a tool that helps them navigate and achieve their own scholarly goals.

Faculty Showcase #3 - 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Can You Teach Ethnocultural Empathy?: Research Design for Teaching Questions*

Maranda Ward, Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, SMHS

Room 219

How can you design a research process to measure difficult-to-evaluate teaching and learning questions? Dr. Ward will describe the process from conception to publication using an example from her inclusive teaching work. She will share how she used integrated assessments to measure and compare the development of ethnocultural empathy in two different student populations: undergraduates in a face-to-face program and adult learners in an online continuing education program.

Let’s Collaborate!: Tools for Engaging Inclusion in Online and Face-to-Face Classrooms*

Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theatre, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, CCAS

Room 218A

There are multiple ways to facilitate inclusion regardless of whether it’s online or in person. Prof. Joubin will discuss her usage of contract grading, collaborative annotation, and her open-access online textbook, Screening Shakespeare, an open educational resource (OER), in her classes.

Workshops for Faculty

Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI) staff will deliver three unique workshops designed especially for faculty needs. 

2:00 p.m. CREATE Digital: Tips and Tricks for Making Engaging Video

Joshua Gleason and Ben Horn, Instructional Technologists 

Caitlin Savoldelli, Accessibility Instructional Designer

CREATE Digital Studio, 1st floor of Gelman Library

Want to get the scoop on how to make truly engaging video content for your students? It’s never been easier! Join the CREATE Digital Studio in updating your production skills to make purposeful, interesting videos for your class, videos showcasing your research, and more. 

2:00 p.m. The GW Writing Center: How to Help Us Help You

Carol Hayes, Assistant Professor of Writing, CCAS, and Writing Center Director

Phyllis Ryder, Associate Professor Writing, CCAS, and Writing Center Deputy Director

Room 221, The GW Writing Center

What types of writing support do you want for your students? Using a sample student document, we will discuss big-picture issues, sentence-level issues, and assessing documents from multilingual writers. After clarifying your goals for writing support, we will discuss what you can do to help your students get that support from the Writing Center. 

3:00 p.m. Special Collections: Teaching with GW’s Archives and Rare Books

Leah Richardson, Research and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections

Brigette Kamsler, University Archivist

Jen King, Collections Coordinator & Manuscripts Librarian

Room 702, International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Labor History Research Center  

Join us for a hands-on opportunity to explore rare books and archival materials as objects for teaching and learning. Participants will experience several different active-learning approaches used in primary source instruction and gain a greater understanding of the student experience, as well as explore ways in which object-based learning in the Special Collections Research Center can enhance student learning. Participants need only bring wonder, curiosity, and a willingness to engage. 

Open Houses

Drop in to these spaces in Gelman Library to learn more about the resources available to faculty and students. 

Teaching Exhibits

NCLC, 1st Floor

All Day

The Faculty Development team has collected unique and interesting teaching materials from faculty across GW and put them on display. Chat with colleagues, take a look around, and find inspiration you can take back to your class.

  • Syllabus Gallery: We're highlighting unique best practices to get your students to read and invest in your course syllabus. 
  • Assignment Gallery: We've gathered interesting assignment types that you can click through in a website to get some ideas for your own course. 
  • Online Course Gallery: Whether you teach online or on-campus or a combination, innovative class assignments and activities are powerful drivers of student learning. Take a virtual seat in the online classrooms developed by faculty who have collaborated with the Instructional Design Team to create fully online courses. These courses are guided by the best practices in student engagement. 
  • Teaching LibraryWe've selected some of our and our presenters' favorite books and articles about teaching, all available through Gelman library. 
  • Beautiful Questions: This is a signature activity of the Course Design Institute. We'll be displaying them in a digital slideshow throughout the day. These are provocative questions that pique student curiosity and hook them into course learning. You can even share your own beautiful question!
CREATE Digital Studio

1st Floor

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The CREATE Digital Studio is a brand new space on the first floor of Gelman Library which assists students, faculty, and staff with the tools and expertise to expand their ability to create high-quality videos, podcasts, interactive experiences, and data visualization.

Instructional Technology Lab (ITL)

Lower Level

12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) team offers expertise and guidance to instructors who need assistance with Blackboard, Echo360, and other instructional technologies they use for teaching.

The Writing Center

Entrance Floor

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The GW Writing Center offers free, peer-based support to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty from across the university. Come talk to consultants about anything from an assignment prompt you’d like to beta test with a student reader (one of our consultants), to questions you might have about what a GWWC session is like. The GWWC consultants will also share strategies for how to encourage your students to come to the Center and get the specific types of support you would like! 

Global Resources Center

Room 708

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Explore the vast, surprising, and dynamic world of specialized international print and digital content lovingly honed by specialists through the close monitoring of the societal, cultural, political and economic currents alive in each country or region.

New Spaces in Gelman

Over the summer, LAI has refreshed the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors with new furniture and new layouts to facilitate individual work and collaboration for students and faculty. 


2021 Teaching Day

A Virtual Gathering to Celebrate Teaching and Learning on Thursday, October 1, 2020.


Interested in adding a spark to your courses? Curious about the innovative work your colleagues are doing? Teaching Day, now in its tenth year, offers a place to learn about innovative teaching practices and to be re-energized by your faculty colleagues.

This year, Teaching Day will be virtual and will reflect on the current moment and how it can help you prepare for the future. You will hear from colleagues across the university in brief “lightning talks” and from experts in a roundtable. The day will close with an interactive demonstration of active learning exercises to try in synchronous video sessions. Vote on your favorite!


Online in Zoom and Webex (see below for access information)

Interested in recording your own video presentation? Here are step-by-step directions using Zoom.

Schedule at a Glance

  • 10a-12p: Faculty Lighting Talks, round 1 
  • 12-1:30p: Expert roundtable: The Present and Future of Virtual Teaching 
  • 2-3p: Faculty Lightning Talks, round 2 
  • 3-4:30p: Active Learning Showcase: Ideas To Use Now 
  • 5-5:30p: Supporting Students with Virtual Academic Resources 

Lightning Talks, Round 1


Teaching Clinical Anatomy in a Hybrid Medical School Curriculum

Time: 10-10:20a

Marc Spencer, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, we have had to make drastic changes in the way we teach human gross anatomy to medical students. The shift in pedagogical techniques has illuminated the necessity to focus on the anatomical basis of clinical presentations. Through the use of pre-recorded videos, worksheets, outlines, and formative assessments, it is possible to deliver a thorough anatomical learning experience to students regardless whether they opt for a fully virtual or hybrid-track curriculum.

Using Music to Create Community

Time: 10:20-10:40a

Declan Cullen, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

I will discuss how I use music in my World Regional Geography classes to build community and generate discussion.

Using Slack and Microsoft Teams to Engage Students

Time: 10:40-11a

Kevin Knudsen, Director, Academic Commons; Megan Potterbusch, Data Services Librarian; Laura Wrubel, Software Development Librarian; Libraries and Academic Innovation 

The instructional continuity period has caused us all to rethink how we go about communicating and creating learning communities in a virtual environment. There are a number of communication platforms available, but evaluating and choosing the right one to suit the needs of you and your students can be daunting. This lightning talk will cover two tools being used at GW to augment teaching, communication, and community development: Slack and Microsoft Teams. The presenters will address why they selected these tools, how they use them, and some considerations for making the right selection for you.

Mobilizing a Community in Crisis: Faculty as Learning Moderators

Time: 11-11:20a

Ayman El-Tarabishy, Teaching Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Management, School of Business and Management

Upon the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, professors in the GW School of Business MBA program teamed together to turn a crisis into a teaching moment, capturing a real-time case study. We took advantage of the virtual nature of the course by introducing new technologies, such as web conferences, and by enhancing the course structure so that students were charged with creating and host an online conference. The students were able to reach out to a national and global audience, making the class a platform for students to learn together. The students truly took the lead in imagining and producing the digital conference, from inviting speakers to moderating the day and summarizing the event in a publication. 

Designing a Class Around Professional Skills Instead of Content Knowledge

Time: 11:20-11:40a

Saniya LeBlanc, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Russell Korte, Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning, Graduate School of Education and Human Development  

Using interviews of industry professionals, we determine the skills and knowledge students will need in their careers.  We will describe how class activities and assessments are designed to prioritize these competencies, and content knowledge is the platform rather than the end learning goal.  

Balancing Act: Liberal Learning in a World of Numbers-Crunching

Time: 11:40a-12p

Anna Helm, Associate Teaching Professor, International Business, and Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER), School of Business

How can faculty bring balance to materials and approaches used in the classroom? This presentation showcases the implementation of an online international business simulation as a way to prepare students for the real world. The focus is on the journey of making this web-based, quantitatively oriented, artificial business reality more accessible to students by infusing liberal learning into the experience. 

Roundtable: The Present and Future of Virtual Teaching


Now that the semester is in full-swing, how can you keep your students engaged? Our panelists will share strategies for sustaining momentum during the virtual learning period, then take a step back to situate these challenging times more broadly. How will our current circumstances shape the future of higher education? 

Get to know our panelists:

  • Michael Corry, Professor, Educational Technology, Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • Paige McDonald, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Leadership, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Natalie Milman, Professor, Educational Technology, Graduate School of Education & Human Development

  • Moderator: Gaetano Lotrecchiano, Associate Dean, Collaborative and Innovative Pedagogy, Libraries and Academic Innovation; Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Our roundtable discussion will build on these webinars by our GSEHD panelists about designing effective online courses that facilitate student success:

Lightning Talks, Round 2


Extracurricular Engagement Online: Building Bridges Between Student Communities and Learning Experiences

Time: 2-2:20p

Arturo Sotomayor, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program, Elliott School of International Affairs

How can faculty and staff facilitate connections between multiple students who are sharing similar learning experiences across a distance? My presentation will focus on remote community-building activities and events I have organized as Faculty in Residence and Program Director of an MA Program at ESIA. In particular, I will emphasize collaborative work that involves multiple programs and audiences, such as speakers' series, panels, and learning/socializing experiences. 

Hands-on Formative Experiences with Padlet

Time: 2:20-2:40p

Diane Harris-Cline, Associate Professor of History and Classics, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

An open-ended creative alternative to multiple-choice quizzes or three-page papers, Padlet functions like a Pinterest board that students can easily curate with select articles, e-books, videos, and their own video or audio recordings. Students can pool short written responses or discussions on one group Padlet for spontaneous reflections. Students like the colorful interactivity and ownership of their Padlets; using them has prompted students to read more Blackboard materials and integrate the ancient world with the modern one. 

Neuroanatomy in Two Dimensions

Time: 2:40-3p

Kathryn Michele DeVeau, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Neuroanatomy is already a difficult science for students to understand since it pushes students' spatial abilities with unfamiliar, complex objects. With the loss of in-person labs, we have had to find ways to continue to engage students and help them build three dimensional neuroanatomical maps. With whiteboard reviews, short didactic videos, clinically oriented reviews, and supplemental visual atlas references, we have been able to tailor the learning experience to the online environment. Most of all, making the videos personable by adding in pets and funny jokes keeps the students more engaged even in difficult topics such as neuroanatomy.

Active Learning Showcase: Ideas You Can Use


From B-I-N-G-O to breakout room charades, active learning activities can energize students, build community, and help students understand and internalize material in new ways. In this session, you will practice 4 different activities, vote on your favorite, and learn about ways to engage students in the virtual environment.

Facilitators: Faculty Development team: Daphna Atias, Educational Developer; and Dr. Patricia Dinneen, Director

Supporting Students with Virtual Academic Resources


Facilitator: Kevin Knudsen, Director, Academic Commons

This session will involve participants in a discussion on challenges their students are experiencing in the virtual learning environment. They will learn about what resources are available to support them and how they are being offered virtually. Participants will review and discuss strategies for how to successfully refer students to academic resources.