Teaching Day

Teaching Day at GW

Teaching Day will return when we can safely gather in person. Visit this page for updates or subscribe to our mailing list to receive an announcement. 

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!

Location: 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.

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Videos and resources from the presentations will be posted to this page. Watch this space!

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 (Talk descriptions)


  • 10-10:20aTeaching Clinical Anatomy in a Hybrid Medical School Curriculum, Marc Spencer, Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • 10:20-10:40a: Using Music to Create Community, Declan Cullen, Geography, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • 10:40-11aUsing Slack and Microsoft Teams to Engage Students, Kevin Knudsen, Megan Potterbusch, and Laura Wrubel, Libraries and Academic Innovation
  • 11-11:20aMobilizing a Community in Crisis: Faculty as Learning Moderators, Ayman El-Tarabishy, Department of Management, School of Business and Management
  • 11:20-11:40a: Designing a Course Around Professional Skills Instead of Content Knowledge, Saniya LeBlanc, School of Engineering and Applied Science and Russell Korte, Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • 11:40a-12pBalancing Act: Liberal Learning in a World of Numbers-Crunching, Anna Helm, International Business, School of Business and Management

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 (Talk descriptions)


  • 2-2:20p: Extracurricular Engagement Online: Building Bridges Between Student Communities and Learning Experiences, Arturo Sotomayor, International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • 2:20-2:40p: Hands-on Formative Experiences with Padlet, Diane Harris-Cline, History and Classics, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2:40-3pNeuroanatomy in Two Dimensions, Kathryn Michele DeVeau, Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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 department: Daphna Atias, educational developer, and Dr. Patricia Dinneen, director

We will be using several resources during the session, linked below:

Supporting Students with Virtual Academic Resources

5-5:30p in Zoom 

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.