Center for Faculty Excellence

Book Discussion Group (2017/2018)

 
Please note that you can now only register for the Spring 2018 Book Discussion Group the Center for Faculty Excellence is planning for the coming year, by clicking on the image for it
 
Fall 2017 to Spring 2018
This book discussion group will start in the fall and continue into spring semester. The book “Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” by Bishop-Clark & Dietz-Uhler, 2012.
 
“This is a book for anyone who has ever considered engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning – known familiarly as SoTL – and needs a better understanding of what it is, and how to engage in it. The authors describe how to create a SoTL project, its implications for promotion and tenure, and how it fosters: increased satisfaction and fulfillment in teaching, improved student learning, increased productivity of scholarly publication, collaboration with colleagues across disciplines…”
 
Contents consist of:Please note that registration for this is closed.
  • Introduction to the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Reflecting on teaching and learning
  • Introduction to the steps in the SoTL research process
  • Generating the research idea
  • Designing the study
  • Collecting the data
  • Analyzing the data
  • Presenting and publishing your results
  • Challenges of and solutions for doing research on teaching and learning

Thank you to those who enrolled in the Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 Book Discussion Group!  The group is now closed.

Join us for our Spring 2018 book discussion group this year.

 
Fall 2017
The fall book discussion will focus on the book “Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning” by Kaplan, Lavaque-Manty, Meizlish & Silver, 2013.
 
“Research has identified the importance of helping students develop the ability to monitor their own comprehension and to make their thinking processes explicit, and indeed demonstrates that metacognitive teaching strategies greatly improve student engagement with course material. This book presents principles that teachers in higher education can put into practice in their own classrooms and explains how to lay the ground for this engagement, and help students become self-regulated learners actively employing metacognitive and reflective strategies in their education.” 
 
The book focuses on the following:An image to link to the registration page for user to navigate to it
  • Reflective pedagogies and the metacognitive turn in college teaching
  • Make exams worth more than the grade
  • Improving critical-thinking skills in introductory biology through quality practice and metacognition
  • Reflection and metacognition in engineering practice
  • The steps of the ladder keep going up
  • Implementing metacognitive interventions in disciplinary writing classes
  • Designs for writing
  • Reflection, ePortfolios, and WEPO

Thank you to those who enrolled in the Fall 2017 Book Discussion Group!  The group is now closed.

Join us for our Spring 2018 book discussion group this year.

 
 
The spring book discussion is on the book “What the Best College Teachers Do” by Ken Bain, 2004. In a 2014 article by James Lang in the Chronicle of Higher Education he said this book was one of “the top 10 books on teaching and learning in higher education that I have encountered over the course of my teaching career. This book remains the gold standard in the field for me, mixing field observations of outstanding teachers with solidly grounded research into learning and motivation theory.”
 
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  • Introduction: defining the best
  • What do they know about how we learn?
  • How do they prepare to teach?
  • What do they expect of their students?
  • How do they conduct class?
  • How do they treat their students?
  • How do they evaluate their students and themselves?
  • What can we learn from them?