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GW Libraries and Academic Innovation's mission

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) was created in 2016 to enrich the academic experience of scholars and spur innovation at GW through excellence in library services and research collections, support for teaching and learning, and targeted integration of the latest online and classroom technologies.

Learn more about how Libraries & Academic Innovation furthers academic excellence

Excellence in Research Services 

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GW Libraries

Encompassing Gelman, Eckles, and VSTC, the GW Libraries support the research and learning goals of undergraduates, graduates, and faculty of the university in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community.

1,185,959 people who entered Gelman Library using a GWorld in 2016
99,659 physical items circulated through the GW Libraries in 2015-16
1074 research consultations in 2015-16
91 workshops offered Spring 2017

Strengthening of Teaching and Learning

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Center for Undergraduate Fellowship and Research

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships & Research (CUFR) provides GW undergrads and alumni with information, guidance and support as they apply for research opportunities and national fellowship competitions.

43 recipients of internationally oriented fellowship programs in 2015-16
130 average number of GW recipients of nationally competitive awards

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Online Learning

Providing over 100 degree programs, Online Learning at GW is a faculty-driven initiative that employs emerging technologies to create innovative and effective academic programs, enabling instructors to reach a broader, international audience.

103 degree programs offered
10,659 students enrolled in an online course at GW in 2015

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University Teaching & Learning Center

The University Teaching & Learning Center (UTLC) is a faculty-driven effort to expand support for course design, teaching, and scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL) to all GW faculty members.

73 faculty alumni of the Course Design Institute

Integration of the Latest Classroom Technologies

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Academic Technologies

Academic Technologies (AT) develops innovative instructional technology for the enrichment of the classroom experience. AT strives to advance teaching and learning at GW through award-winning learning space design and our Instructional Technology Lab.

4,066 courses taught in classrooms supported by Academic Technologies in 2016-17
72 technology-equipped learning spaces were designed and configured in 2016

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Instructional Technology Lab

The Instructional Technology Lab (ITL) assists instructors through workshops and individualized consultation, offering expertise and guidance with instructional technologies like Blackboard, as well as hardware and software resources to develop course materials.

10,686 average logins per day to Blackboard, the university’s learning management system
871 walk-in faculty consultations in 2015-16