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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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Randy Bass

Georgetown University
Vice President for Strategic Education Initiatives
Washington, DC
Randy Bass is Vice President for Strategic Education Initiatives and Professor of English at
Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red
House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive
Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and for
seven years, Vice Provost for Education.

He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of
teaching and learning for nearly thirty years. In 1994, the American Studies Crossroads Project,
which he founded and directed for ten years, was the first ever Web-based project funded by
the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement for Postsecondary Education
(FIPSE). From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie
Fellow. From 2000-2005, he served as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible
Knowledge Project, a five-year project on the impact of technology on the teaching of
humanities, history and culture, involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses.
Randy received his BA from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Ca; MA and PhD from Brown
University, Rhode Island.

Current ProjectsThe Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative / Red House, Georgetown University, advancing transformational learning through educational R&D.Co-leading a project on Intergenerational Trauma and Wellbeing, in collaboration with the Wellbeing Project, focusing on a trauma-informed and wellbeing-informed lenses on education and social change.Co-leading the design of a new undergraduate degree in Environment and Sustainability, joint with the Earth Commons and the College of Arts and Sciences, Georgetown.Sounding Board, College in 3 project, Robert Zemsky and Lori Carrell, exploring redefining the bachelor’s degree as a short and more integrated learning experience.Higher Education’s Big Rethink, leaders and issues in higher education, after the pandemic adaptation: graduate students and faculty of the Learning, Design, and Technology Program, Georgetown University.
Areas of ExpertiseLearning design, educational innovation, pedagogy, professional learning, institutional change.
Recent Publications
A Wicked Problems Mindset for Educational Developers,” To Improve the Academy, May 2022.

The New Learning Compact: A Systemic Approach to a Systemic Problem,” (with Bret Eynon,
Jonathan Iuzzini, and Laura M. Gambino), Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning,
March/April 2022.

"Can We Liberate Liberal Education?" in Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a
Twenty-First-Century Undergraduate Education
, (edited by William Moner, Phillip Motley, and
Rebecca Pope-Ruark; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).

Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning (with Jessie
Moore, Stylus, 2017).

Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem (with Bret
Eynon, American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016).