(Rena M. Palloff & Keith Pratt)
Building an online community is discussed at length in online learning research and practice. Yetscholars and instructors continue to debate if building an online community is really necessary or just nice? And how do you create a community online? This book club will discuss these questions and more as authors Palloff and Pratt explore the development of online classroom environments that encourage a sense of community and empower students to take charge of their own learning. The first part of the book provides advice on how to transition a course to the online environment and the strategies behind building an online learning community. The authors provide both empirical and anecdotal evidence to support their claim that community building is critical to student success online. Part two of the book is a practical guide to best practices for online learning. This practical – and sometimes controversial – guide provides many case studies, examples, and suggestions to discuss from a wide variety of successful online courses.
Facilitator: Karen Skibba, Learning Technology Center
Sessions Scheduled: Six Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 1:00pm: 9 & 23 September; 7 & 21 October; 11 November; 2 December.
Tearing Down the Gates is a powerful indictment of American education that shows how schools, colleges, and universities exacerbate inequality by providing ample opportunities for advantaged students while shutting the gates on the poor – and even the middle class. At the heart of this book is a question of justice, and Sacks demands that we take a hard look at what equal opportunity really means in the United States today.
Facilitator: George Savage, Languages & Literatures Department
Sessions Scheduled: Five Mondays from 8:00am - 9:00am: 21 & 28 September; 5, 12 & 19 October.
(George D. Kuh)
What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book club will utilize two sources in an exploration and discussion of best practices in higher education and college teaching. Bain’s book offers valuable answers for all educators, while the AAC&U'sLEAP report defines a set of educational practices that research has demonstrated have a significant impact on student success.
Facilitator: Seth Meisel, Chair, History Department
Sessions Scheduled: Six Mondays from 12:30pm - 1:30pm: 14 & 28 September; 12 & 26 October; 9 & 23 November.
(Jorge F. Hernandez)
This anthology presents a collection of twenty stories of extraordinary quality, written by the finest Mexican authors born during the first half of the twentieth century. Through these pages, readers will tour the real and the unreal, the faithfully rendered and the fantastic, as well as the tangible past of Mexican history. They will also travel between urban reflections on everyday life and intimate inventions that set Mexico apart from landscapes, other cultures, and other literatures. Part of the Big Read Selection
Facilitator: Ben Strand, Young Auditorium
Sessions Scheduled: Six Wednesdays from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on February 3 and 17, March 3, 17, and 31, and April 7
(Wilbert McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki)
This indispensable handbook provides helpful strategies for dealing with both the everyday challenges of university teaching and those that arise in efforts to maximize learning for every student. The suggested strategies are supported by research and adaptable to specific classroom situations. Rather than suggest a “set of recipes” to be followed mechanically, the book gives instructors the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning.
Participants will have the opportunity to identify topics of interest to explore and receive resources beyond those discussed in the textbooks.
Facilitators: Simone DeVore, Department of Special Education, and Brenda O'Beirne, Department of Counselor Education
Sessions Included: Sic Thursdays from 12:30pm - 1:30pm on February 4 and 18, March 4 and 18, and April 1 and 15
(David W. Orr)
In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education.
Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.
The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge.
Facilitator: Linda Reid, Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department
Sessions Scheduled: Six Tuesdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm on February 2 and 16, March 16, 21, 30, and April 13