Center for Teaching Lending Library

Stock up on your summer reading list with the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology book recommendations – some of which are available for checkout in the Center for Teaching’s Lending Library, located in 2080 UCC.   

 

If you’re looking for something new or want to re-read an old favorite this summer, we hope one of our picks will spark your interest.

 

*Saundra McGuire, Teach Students How to Learn (2015) – Brandon Myers, Lecturer, Computer Science

 

Many students come to college without the study skills or metacognitive learning strategies they need to be successful in challenging courses. This book has given me a "10-point plan" that I now share with my Computer Science 2 students every semester after the first midterm.

 

Maryellen Weimer, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (2013) – Ted Potter, Reference Librarian/Adjunct Lecturer in Law

 

The readings on the teacher’s role and student resistance were very helpful to change my orientation to teaching and learning. Providing more time in class to discuss research tools shifted my role from trying to tell students the benefits of research tools to enabling the students to experience the tool themselves and share their experiences, which led to more learning. The book is a bit dense, but I appreciated the insights.

 

Claude Steele, Whistling Vivaldi (2011) – Morgan Iommi, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

Claude M. Steele's Whistling Vivaldi contributes to a long-standing discussion about American phenomena such as racial and gender gaps in test scores and considers strategies that may help improve learning in various classroom contexts.

 

*Ambrose et al, How Learning Works (2010) – Morgan Iommi, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

In this volume, the authors introduce seven general principles of learning, distilled from the research literature as well as from 27 years of experience working one-on-one with college faculty.

 

Nick Harkaway, Gnomon – Steve Silva, Associate Director, Center for Teaching

 

Set in near-future London where a total awareness system promises a more perfect democracy, Gnomon is a big, character-driven novel that mixes past, present and (possible) future in a compelling meditation on the evolution of human consciousness. 

 

Kicking off with a murder investigation, Gnonom is a seriously fun "who-dun-it" beach read, that blends ancient Greek mythology, modern global finance, artificial intelligence and the repeated appearance of a huge mysterious shark to examine just how and why we humans think we are so special in this vast, almost unknowable universe.

 

Cathy N. Davidson, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (2017) – Ania Kowalik, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

This is an inspiring and wide-ranging book that calls for a creative revolution in how universities educate students. Davidson argues that we need to make our classrooms collaborative, adaptable, multidisciplinary, and attentive to real-world problems. She also presents those educators—from ivy league institutions to big public universities to community colleges—who are already re-making their classrooms into spaces where both students and instructors can thrive.

 

*Robert Talbert, Flipped Learning:  A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (2017) – Anna Flaming, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

I’ve followed Robert Talbert’s adventures in course design via his articles in the Chronicle of Higher Edfor years, but his new guide for using class time to engage students in the highest levels of thinking is much more than a compilation of his previous work.  Talbert offers thoughtful strategies and examples for designing, facilitating, and navigating the challenges and opportunities of flipped learning.  

 

*Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members:  Nihil Nimus (2000) - Anna Flaming, Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Teaching

 

I frequently recommend this classic to faculty members at all stages in their careers, and recently one told me that it should be required reading for all new faculty members.  Boice shares concrete strategies used by “quickstarters” – those exemplary new faculty in his study who were productive and effective in their research, teaching, and service.  

 

*Books and other media in the Center for Teaching Lending Library are available for check-out Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm by faculty, graduate students, and instructional staff.