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Reading Groups

Reading Groups

The LTC sponsors semester-long groups of faculty and staff who read current books about teaching and learning. Participants receive free copies of the books in exchange for attending designated sessions in the LTC where they share their insights on the texts with their group.

Spring 2020 Reading Group

Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness

By Christine Harrington and Todd Zakrajsek

Facilitated by Beth Harrison, LTC/OLR

Do you lecture in class? Join Beth Harrison in this semester's LTC reading group to explore the world of lecturing through Christine Harrington and Todd Zakrajsek's Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness, from Stylus (2017).

Lecturing is something we all do, whether from time to time or regularly, for short a few minutes or all class long. Even so, lecturing has developed a bad reputation as the value of active learning has been celebrated over the last several years. This book brings the two together in ways that will be useful across disciplines and courses. Todd, one of the book's co-authors and a psychologist now with the UNC medical school, is both VERY good and very entertaining, so the book should be an enjoyable read.

Two separate groups will meet each week to give you more opportunity to participate:

Group 1 meets Mondays 2:00-3:00 starting Feb 10, ending March 30.

Group 2 meets Thursdays 12:30-1:45 starting Feb 13, ending April 2.

There will be no meeting during the week of Spring Break. All meetings will be in the LTC.

Click here to register for a group



Books discussed at past Reading Groups

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation

Supersurvivors: The Link Between Suffering and Success

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice

Diversity across the Curriculum: A Guide for Faculty in Higher Education

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-- and More Miserable Than Ever Before

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Teaching with Your Mouth Shut

The Unheard Voices:  Community Organizations and Service Learning

The Flipped Classroom

On Student Reading (or the Absence of Student Reading)

Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd edition


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