Teaching Day

Teaching Day at GW - Gelman Library on October 6, 2022


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 at 10:00 a.m. 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  

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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

Attend virtually on Zoom

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. 

Space About

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. 
Faculty enjoying conversation and ideas at previous Teaching Day events