Welcome from the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation
A modern university is built on the three pillars of teaching, learning, and research. At GW, the foundation supporting those three pillars is the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, made up of university libraries, online learning programs, academic technology, fellowship and research support, and faculty teaching initiatives. Each is equally important and our entire organization is honored to play a vital role in making GW one of the nation’s leading universities for our accomplished faculty and our talented students.
In this issue of VISION magazine, we highlight some of the most important ways GW Libraries and Academic Innovation collaborates to seamlessly meet the instructional needs of our faculty, resulting in an enhanced educational experience for our students. Librarians, technical specialists, and instructional designers work together to provide online educational materials, design innovative learning spaces, and consult on research-based instruction methods so faculty can focus on their students and research. Whether teaching online or face-to-face, faculty are given the tools they need to provide a world-class learning experience for each of our 25,000 students.
If your memories of the classroom are more blackboard than smartboard, it can be hard to imagine the difference that technology has made, but today’s undergraduates are just as likely to answer a professor by clicking a mouse as by raising a hand. Online learning is opening up a world of opportunities and GW continues to be at the forefront of innovation and adoption. Our support for teaching includes collaboration with faculty and deans to develop high-quality online courses that merge high design standards with optimal online learning pedagogies.
My vision of the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation is as “a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.” Our achievements toward that vision are buttressed and enabled by the philanthropic investment of our generous donors. On behalf of the entire staff, as well as GW’s students and faculty, I offer my heartfelt thanks for your support of the research, teaching, and learning needs of the GW community.
Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation