Center for Teaching Lending Library

Looking to refresh your reading list this summer? Faculty members and staff in the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching put together a few recommendations. Whether you’re looking for something new or want to re-read a favorite, we hope one of our picks sparks your interest.

Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent, Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (2016) – Brandon Myers, lecturer, Computer Science

I use this book as a practical reference and source of ideas.  It is comprehensive, covering topics from how to prepare for a single class session to how to write multiple choice assessment questions.

Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright, 2nd edition (2018) – Mahrya Burnett, scholarly communications librarian

From the publisher: “Analyzing the dampening effect that copyright law can have on scholarship and creativity, Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi urge us to embrace in response a principle embedded in copyright law itself—fair use.”

This second edition provides educators with advice on how to make use of the widest swath information available to us under copyright law.

Ralph Brockett, Teaching Adults: A Practical Guide for New Teachers (2015) and Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Alison Boy, Suzan Tapp, Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership: A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve Learning and Retention (2019) – Sara Nasrollahian, teaching and learning specialist, OTLT Center for Teaching

Both books I picked look at the practice of teaching from student learning perspective. They also highlight the teacher's approach and how it informs the nature of teaching and learning transaction.

Winkelmes's book also embodies the university instructors' processes, as well experiences through Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (TILT) project.

Christine Harrington and Melissa Thomas, Designing a Motivational Syllabus: Creating a Learning Path for Student Engagement (2018) – Anna L. Bostwick Flaming, associate director, OTLT Center for Teaching

Many instructors invest time over the summer planning courses for the upcoming academic year, and the authors of this practical new book from the Excellent Teacher series explain how to leverage the syllabus as a tool for course design. The book explores strategies for using the syllabus to inform, empower, and motivate students.  Readers may especially appreciate the Syllabus Checklist, Syllabus Rubric, and Sample Syllabus.   

Joshua R. Eyler, How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching (2018) – Anna L. Bostwick Flaming, associate director, OTLT Center for Teaching

This book provides an approachable exploration of the science behind student learning through the lenses of curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity, and failure. Each chapter ends with a useful digest of key takeaways.  

Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006) – Yoko Nakamura, graduate research assistant, OTLT Center for Teaching

Carol Dweck finds that the way teachers frame feedback can influence the mindset of their students (how students think about their intelligence and abilities). Readers can learn how mindset can determine how students respond to challenges, how they view effort and failure, and how they perform on assessments.

The Center for Teaching Lending Library, located above Hills Bank in the Old Capitol Centre, offers a wide variety of books and media, which are available for check out by faculty, graduate students, and instructional staff. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.