Georgetown's Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship

What can CNDLS
do for you?

Teaching & Learning

Our team of experienced educators facilitates a broad-based program that promotes discovery, engagement, and diversity in an ever-expanding conception of learning.


Our mission is to bridge a historic gulf between pedagogy and technological advances. Today, CNDLS integrates a teaching and learning center with the latest educational technology.


How do we know our students are learning in the ways we hope and expect? We can help faculty formulate questions about student learning and develop plans for gathering evidence.

News & Updates

Designing Assignments around Formational Outcomes

May 21, 2015 | Georgetown’s Jesuit mission has an explicit, “formational” focus—looking beyond mere factual recall and toward the student as an interconnected whole. How do we design assignments that can effectively implement formational goals? Dan Bernstein, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas, shared his experiences experimenting with formational goals in his own... Read more »

Who is the Georgetown Student?

May 21, 2015 | Georgetown students are often characterized as “high achieving.”  The stereotypical undergraduate is juggling 5-8 extracurriculars, a full course load, and a job.  But where do these young individuals come from, and why is the Georgetown student so high achieving? What do students juggle in their interior selves, and how does that impact what they produce... Read more »

Designing for Learning: Assignments that Work

May 21, 2015 | This morning’s session, led by Matt Pavesich and David Lipscomb from the Writing Program and the Writing Center respectively, shared structured techniques for improving assignments. Matt and David initially offered the audience the opportunity to meditate on an assignment assigned in a previous semester that, for whatever reason, needed to be re-explained to students at the... Read more »

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