Curricular Innovation Showcased at Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio Launch Event

Curricular Innovation Showcased at Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio Launch Event

March 30, 2015 News 0

On Wednesday, March 25 of 2015, Georgetown faculty and administrators from across campus gathered for the launch of the Global Future(s) Studio. With this inaugural event, Randall Bass, vice provost for education and Thomas Banchoff, vice president for global engagement, invited attendees to explore the following questions:

• How might new curricular formats and structures help us do more to prepare students to face complex global challenges?
• How might we create more opportunities for interdisciplinary, project-based teaching and learning?
• How can we expand the contexts for credit-bearing mentored learning?
• How might we better prepare students to develop creative as well as critical approaches to messy and complex problems?


In his introductory remarks, Vice Provost Bass posited whether the university’s structures and methods of delivering education are preparing students fast enough to match the urgency of the world’s needs.

The first of several Studio-related events this spring, the launch featured faculty leaders who are developing new forms of courses and collaborative course components, each at a different stage of conception and development. These faculty shared their experiences and works-in-progress in order to generate discussion and brainstorming around the work of the forthcoming Studio. The presentations included:

The Studio Collaborative: Bioethics, Science Policy and Rhetoric – Maggie Little, Philosophy; Matt Pavesich, English; Arjun Dhillon, Design
GUI2DE Development Incubator – Billy Jack, Economics;
Urban Mosaic and Studio – Brian McCabe, Sociology and Sherry Linkon, English
Social Change and Innovation Lab – Hollie Russon Gilman and Michael Chodos, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation


A collaboration between the Designing the Future(s) of the University and Global Futures initiatives, the Studio will provide a space for faculty to create and experiment with new teaching and learning structures around the most complex global issues and challenges. Implemented in partnership with the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, the Studio seeks to provide a context to bring together the most promising practices of the last 15 years in innovative pedagogy, new learning environments and experiential learning at Georgetown with the potential of new curricular and degree-level structures and models being developed under the Designing the Future(s) Initiative.

Visit the Designing the Future(s) initiative in the coming weeks to learn more about the Studio. To receive email updates, contact Chad Anderson, Project Manager, at

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