Events

Faculty Book Club

Join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence's (ATLE) Faculty Book Club. The book club is an ongoing, informal, cross-disciplinary gathering of USF faculty who meet to discuss their subjective interpretations of a variety of books related to teaching and learning.

Each instance of the book club will focus on one book, typically last between 4-8 weeks (consisting of 3-4 discussion meetings), and will be limited to 10 participants. Registration will be conducted on a first-come-first-served basis. Faculty who agree to attend the discussion meetings are provided with a complimentary copy of the book. The Faculty Book Club will be facilitated by a member of the ATLE staff.

Spring 2015

 

Fink, D. L. (2013). Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses.

In this updated edition of L. Dee Fink's bestselling classic, he discusses new research on how people learn, active learning, and the effectiveness of his popular model; adds more examples from online teaching; and further focuses on the impact of student engagement on student learning. The book explores the changes in higher education nationally and internationally since the publication of the previous edition, includes additional procedures for integrating one's course, and adds strategies for dealing with student resistance to innovative teaching. This edition continues to provide conceptual and procedural tools that are invaluable for all teachers when designing instruction. It shows how to use a taxonomy of significant learning and systematically combine the best research-based practices for learning-centered teaching with a teaching strategy in a way that results in powerful learning experiences for students. Acquiring a deeper understanding of the design process will empower teachers to creatively design courses that will result in significant learning for students. (Amazon.com)

Limited to 12 participants.
Facilitator: Sara Friedman

Schedule of Meetings:

Register online by January 31: http://www.cte.usf.edu/survey//TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=72LI9792

 

Summer 2014

Sandberg, S. (2013). Lean in: Women, work, and the will to lead. New York: Knopf.

"In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of "having it all."  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home." (Amazon.com)

Spring 2014

Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

"You've heard about "flipping your classroom"—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments." (Amazon.com)

Fall 2013

Willingham, D. T. (2009). Why don't students like school? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

"Cognitive scientist Dan Willingham focuses his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning. His book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn. It reveals the importance of story, emotion, memory, context, and routine in building knowledge and creating lasting learning experiences. Includes:

Summer 2013

Palmer, P.  (2007). The Courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. Wiley: San Francisco.

Click here for the discussion guide and the book summary.

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer

"For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors." (Amazon.com)