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.

Fall 2017 Reading Groups

"The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters" by Tom Nichols
Facilitated by Michelle Pautz, LTC/CAP

Join this reading group for a series of discussions on the importance of continuing to recognize established knowledge in our “information-at-the-fingertips” culture. Tom Nichols addresses how the abundant availability of information in US society has created a backlash against experts, and fueled the notion that ignorance is a virtue.  Information on dates, time, and location can be found on the registration form linked below.

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"The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Learning" by Tom Nichols
Facilitated by Beth Harrison, LTC/OLR

Current research suggests that emotion has immense potential to fuel student learning. Join faculty and staff colleagues to explore the role of emotion in learning and teaching. The Spark of Learning will focus our discussions first on the science of emotion and how emotions enhance learning, then on how we as teachers can use what we know about emotion to craft a first—and lasting—impression, mobilize student efforts, and prolong student persistence (from chapter titles). 

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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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