Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Summer 2017 Faculty Book Groups

To register, please review the descriptions below, select your favorite, then press the Register button below:


After you register, please come by PC 237 to pick up your complimentary copy of the book. We're open from 9:00 to 5:00. BBC book group participants will receive their copy in campus mail.

In order to ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings, so please review your calendar and make sure you can attend before signing up.


The Spark of Learning Reading Groups

MMC: Wednesdays: 6/7, 6/14 and 6/21 > 2-4 PM > PC 237 
BBC: Thursdays: 6/8, 6/15 and 6/22 > 11-1 PM > AC1 184 

Cavanagh reminds educators that thoughtful consideration of course design and the emotional impact of our teaching style can help us to capture our students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, enhance their motivation and "demonstrate to our students that we see their value and perceive them as worthy partners in intellectual discourse." Cavanagh's Spark of Learning draws from research in education, psychology and neuroscience and provides successful higher education practice examples across a wide variety of disciplines.



MMC: Thursdays: 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 > 2 PM to 4 PM > 2-4PM > PC 237

We've all heard this complaint: "But I knew everything! Why did I do so badly on the exam?"
The ability to assess their own learning is one of the greatest challenges for students confronting complex conceptual material. Participants in this working group will develop strategies to help students to monitor their own understanding without constant detailed feedback from instructors. These strategies will include writing to learn, teaching students to formulate effective review questions on their own, and teaching students to test their own understanding. We will also discuss ways to raise students' awareness of their unawareness, so they will be motivated to engage with these metacognitive activities. Our goal is to give students the tools to go into your exams with true confidence, rather than overconfidence.




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