Faculty Development Workshops

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Faculty Development offers workshops throughout the calendar year focused on course design and teaching practices. An up-to-date schedule is available via the LAI Events calendar ; sort for Instructor Practices for Effective Teaching

Registration is requested for all workshops; access by clicking the event date.  

Topics we focus on include:

  • Course design: the welcoming syllabus; assignment and assessment ideas
  • Course delivery: active learning and student engagement techniques for facilitating face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses; leading effective discussions; and providing effective feedback
  • Grading: grading models (specifications grading, ungrading, etc.), giving effective feedback
  • Inclusive teaching and building community 

Spring 2022 Workshops

Our Instructor Practices for Effective Teaching workshops highlight evidence-based best practices for teaching, demonstrate techniques you can use with students, and leave space to address your questions. They are designed to address the most common questions we receive from instructors. Registration requested.

How to Avoid Writing the Worst Syllabus Ever (Thursday 1/6 or Tuesday 4/5)

Building Community in Face-to-Face and Online Courses (Thursday 1/6)

Designing Assignments and Tests that are Fun to Grade (Thursday 1/6)

Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Engaging All Students (Wednesday 1/19 or Monday 2/28)

Strategies for Facilitating Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions (Thursday 1/20)

Approaching Sensitive Topics and Difficult Situations (Thursday 1/20 or Monday 2/28)

Embedding Peer-to-Peer Learning in Your Class (Wednesday 1/26)

Designing Assignments to Promote Academic Integrity (Tuesday 2/1)

Faculty Teaching Talk: What Brain Science Tells Us About Student Learning (Tuesday 3/1)

Course-level Grading Models to Help Students Succeed (Tuesday 4/5)


Additional Standing Workshops

These workshops are offered on a rotating basis and can also be delivered to your program or department by invitation.

Building Community in Online Courses

How do you create a strong and committed community of learners when you are teaching fully online? This workshop highlights several synchronous and asynchronous strategies for fostering productive and collegial student-instructor and student-student connections in the emergency remote learning environment. 

Participants will:

  • Compare and contrast facets of community-building, such as strong introductions, low-stakes practice, and student and faculty presence
  • Apply principles of community-building to their course environments

Alternative Assessments: Moving Beyond Research Papers and High-Stakes Exams

This workshop explores how alternative assignments such as open-ended or flipped exam prompts, simulations, research-based creative projects, and multimedia artifacts can promote active learning, help students demonstrate what they’ve learned, and enable students to effectively find, evaluate, and present information. We’ll practice designing alternative assignments and discuss how to assess these projects. This workshop focuses on rethinking individual assessments; our Rethinking Grading workshop focuses on course-level grading schemes.

Participants will:

  • Explore the benefits of research paper alternatives for student engagement, active learning, efficient and effective assessment, and suitability for the emergency remote learning environment
  • Apply principles of inclusive teaching to and academic integrity exam and project development and deployment 
  • Develop approaches to assessing exam and research paper alternatives

Invited Workshop Collaborations

Interested in a topic that's not listed here? Let us know! We can often collaborate with you to develop a workshop or facilitate an informal Teaching Cafe. Please contact us at datias@gwu.edu or pdinneen@gwu.edu to discuss.