Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Fall 2018 Faculty Book Groups


We have a great line-up of faculty book groups coming up for the fall term, and we hope you can join us for one of them!

To register, please review the descriptions below, select your favorite, and click on the book cover to register. After you register, please come by PC 237 to pick up your complimentary copy of the book. We're open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Monday through Friday.

Please note: Participants in the Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race at BBC may pick up their books from BBC-HL 311.

To ensure productive discussion, participants should be able to commit to all scheduled meetings; please review your calendar to confirm you can attend before signing up.


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Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education

MMC
Thursday, September 13th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, PC 237
Thursday, September 20th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237
Thursday, September 27th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237
Thursday, October 4th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, PC 237

During this book group we will look at opportunities for incorporating computer simulations in your course(s) to enhance student learning. We will use the book as a guide for evidenced-based design practices as we review and explore various technologies and how they're used in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities. Expect our discussions to also cover topics, such as assessments, real-world fidelity, student-centered teaching, and feedback.

 

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The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness

MMC
Wednesday, September 26th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, October 3rd, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, October 10th, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, PC 237

This book group is part of our new Personal Empowerment for Faculty series - programming all about and for you!

In The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith shows that despite the billions of dollars and countless hours Americans spend in their search for happiness, many continue to "feel aimless and alienated". Drawing on the latest research, Smith proposes that we've been chasing the wrong goal: "it's not happiness that makes life worth living -- it's meaning". In this book group, we will discuss the four pillars of meaning; the untapped sources of meaning all around us; how to align our professional activities and goals in a way that infuses our lives with purpose; and how to create "cultures of meaning within our communities and institutions, helping all of us lead richer, more satisfying [personal and professional] lives."

 

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Teaching at its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

MMC
Tuesday, September 25th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Tuesday, October 2nd, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Tuesday, October 9th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237

Teaching at its Best is by Linda Nilson, better known for her development and publication of Specifications Grading. If you want to get a solid foundation on how to make your courses more effective learning experiences, this book is an excellent choice. Teaching at Its Best is aimed directly at faculty to use for themselves. The content is a combination of "how to..." suggestions that will improve general teaching effectiveness as well as "what is..." sections that discuss different learning theories and methods. The book includes ideas for how to implement active-learning techniques, such as discovery-based and problem-based learning, along with strategies for using these techniques effectively.

 

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Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

MMC
Wednesday, October 10th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, October 17th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237
Wednesday, October 24th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, PC 237

BBC
Thursday, October 11th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, HL 311
Thursday, October 18th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, HL 311
Thursday, October 25th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, HL 311
Please note: Books are available for pick up in HL 311 for the BBC group.

Derald Wing Sue (Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University) offers readers the many reasons that race talk is difficult, the explicit and hidden rules that govern how race is discussed in U.S. society, and the detrimental consequences of our failure to honestly dialogue about race. We'll explore and discuss the qualities and benefits of successful conversations on race, specifically looking at Sue's proposed solutions in overcoming obstacles to honest racial dialogues and what it all means for our students, colleagues and the larger FIU community.

 

 





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