Initiatives

Enriching the academic experience of scholars and spurring innovation at GW, initiatives spearheaded by Libraries and Academic Innovation represent broad and diverse opportunities to support the instructional needs of our faculty and enhance the learning resources for our students.

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Academic Commons

Academic Commons is a “one-stop shop” for academic resources and services across the university. GW offers a wide range of academic support, offered by a variety of departments and divisions. Supporting the academic experience, LAI connects students to the resources and service they need to succeed.

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Study Spaces

The Study Spaces website catalogs a variety of study spaces on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses managed by different departments and divisions. Students can search and filter for their preferred study space based on features like reservable and non-reservable, group and individual study, natural lighting, powered furniture, and furniture types.

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Workshops

GWLAI provides a wide variety of free workshops each semester, covering topics such as coding and programming, data gathering and analysis, research, geographic information systems, design, and workplace skills. Open to all GW students and faculty regardless of school or department, these workshops allow students to explore areas of interest and learn new skills that they can apply to their own academic research or to their workplace after graduation.

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Top Textbooks

As the escalating price of textbooks creates significant concern for undergraduate students, many struggle to afford the $1,200 average cost of textbooks and supplies each year. The Top Textbooks program, launched in collaboration with the Student Association, acquires up to five copies of required textbooks for a select group of undergraduate, high enrollment courses with traditionally expensive textbooks and places them on course reserve for use by all students.

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Course Design Institute

Course Design Institute is a 4.5-day “bootcamp” style program that guides faculty through the design of a new course or the re-design an existing one in a facilitated, supported environment. Participants experience the iterative, dynamic, and scholarly process of learning-focused course design and the benefits of active learning.

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Teaching Network for Early Career Faculty

Offered free of charge to any GW faculty who considered themselves to be early career, the cohort program provides occasions to meet as a group to discuss and practice pedagogical techniques. Additionally, the Teaching Network has repeated opportunities to give and receive feedback on teaching with classroom visits from network peers and senior faculty members.

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