Welcome to Georgetown University’s Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute, hosted by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

TLISI offers Georgetown University faculty and staff from all campuses the opportunity to explore strategies for excellence in teaching and learning. This year’s Institute will focus on several topic areas, including effective teaching and learning practices, inclusive pedagogies, technology-enhanced learning, Ignatian pedagogy, cross-institutional and cross-departmental collaborations, and more.

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make TLISI "green"! We’re partnering with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the environmental impact from this year’s Institute by providing compostable materials and expanding our recycling presence.  Each registrant will also receive a free aluminum water bottle upon picking up your name badge at registration.  You can help us Go Green by bringing your reusable water bottle back with you each day, as we will be limiting our supply of single-use plastics throughout the week.  Stop by our information table anytime Monday-Thursday to learn about ways that you can help your office Go Green!
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Thursday, May 23 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Student Participation with Primary Sources

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This will be an interactive session to show some strategies for getting students engaged with primary sources, particularly in a group setting. As a historian, I like to use photographs, letters, and documents of all kinds in class. One key is to move beyond "show and tell" and use a larger collection of items, so that everyone can have an item in front of them to study and analyze. Students also show greater care and concern when presented with real, original materials (rather than copies). Group sources assignments work best when the class a goal in the exercise, usually something like solving a puzzle by using historical artifacts. Students break into small groups and then come together to solve the puzzle. In this presentation/ activity, I will give advice on what has worked for me and what has not. I will argue that thinking like a historian is much like thinking like a detective, and that such exercises as this are essential to history education. While historical source work is the theme of the presentation, the format is easily transferable to other disciplines.


Thursday May 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Social Room