3 books, 3 strategies

This semester's SCALE (Small Changes Advancing LEarning) micro-workshops will feature three of the many books the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has recently added to our library. Each session will dip into the premise of a particular book and offer practical strategies for classroom implementation. Read more about each session and register below.

The same workshop will be held on both Wednesday and Thursday in Fisher Hall, Room 727 on the dates below. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend on either day. Enjoy a light lunch provided by CTE and spend time with colleagues starting at noon. The workshops begin at 12:20 PM and end at 12:50 PM.  Designed to accommodate busy schedules, this series of 30 minute workshops highlights simple, effective strategies that can be incorporated into teaching and learning without much, if any, disruption of the course design. The workshops focus on strategies that are:

  • Based on principles of learning

  • Known to benefit students equitably

  • Achievable by instructors in varied contexts

  • Open to creativity

Please register in advance to assist CTE in planning. These workshops are part of CTE's SCALE initiative. Learn more. Check out the other new titles listed below that we've added to the collection, and contact us for more information on how to borrow from our library!

Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17
Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning

12:20 - 12:50 PM, Fisher Hall 727C

Facilitator: Michael DuPont

This event focuses on the impact of briefly pausing during lectures in order to facilitate teaching and learning moments around learning outcomes not always achievable by only lecturing. "Hitting Pause: 65 Lecture Breaks to Refresh and Reinforce Learning" by Gail Taylor Rice details ways in the beginning, middle, and end of lectures to replace a few minutes of lecture time with other forms of teaching. This event will go through these practical suggestions and offer participants ways to quickly adapt any lecture to these best practices.

This session is now full! To be placed on a waitlist, please contact CTE at 412.396.5177. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31
Teaching and Reaching First-Year and First-Generation Students

12:20 - 12:50 PM, Fisher Hall 727C

Facilitator: Erin Rentschler

Teaching first-year students can be challenging, but Lisa M. Nunn's new book does just what its title suggests: offers 33 Simple Strategies for Faculty to succeed in teaching and reaching first-year and first-generation students. This session will focus on a few strategies that instructors can implement at any time of the semester, such as explaining pedagogic rationale and creating space for learning during office hours.

This session is now full! To be placed on a waitlist, please contact CTE at 412.396.5177. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7
How Humans Learn: Curiosity Contributing to Student Learning

12:20 - 12:50 PM, Fisher Hall 727C

Facilitator: Steve Hansen

Joshua Eyler in "How Humans Learn" explores the rich landscape of human learning using five vantages: Curiosity, Sociality, Emotion, Authenticity, and Failure. In this session, we will consider how curiosity contributes to student learning. Participants will explore several strategies that they can integrate into their teaching to promote students' intellectual curiosity.

This session is now full! To be placed on a waitlist, please contact CTE at 412.396.5177. Thank you.

New titles available for rental through the CTE

  1. Ahad-Legardy, B., & In Poon, O. Y. (2018). Difficult subjects: Insights and strategies for teaching about race, sexuality and gender.
  2. Baker, V. L., In Neisler, G., In Lunsford, L. G., In Pifer, M. J., In Terosky, A. L. P., & Sorcinelli, M. D. (2019). Success after tenure: Supporting mid-career faculty.
  3. Brookfield, S. (2019). Teaching race: How to help students unmask and challenge racism.
  4. Darby, F., & Lang, J. M. (2019). Small teaching online: Applying learning science in online classes.
  5. Davidson, C. N. (2017). The new education: How to revolutionize the university to prepare students for a world in flux.
  6. De Welde. K., & Stepnick, A. (2015). Disrupting the culture of silence: Confronting gender inequality and making change in higher education.
  7. Eynon, B., & Gambino, L. M. (2018). Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High Impact EPortfolio Practice.
  8. Hanstedt, P. (2018). Creating Wicked Students Designing courses for a complex world.
  9. Hensel, N. H., & Davidson, C. N. (2018). Course-based undergraduate research: Educational equity and high-impact practice.
  10. Herman, J. H., & Nilson, L. B. (2018). Creating engaging discussions: Strategies for "avoiding crickets" in any size classroom and online.
  11. Middendorf, J., Shopkow, L., & Bernstein, D. (2018). Overcoming student learning bottlenecks: Decode the critical thinking of your discipline.
  12. Nilson, L. B., & Goodson, L. A. (2018). Online teaching at its best.
  13. Schwartz, H. L. (2019). Connected teaching: Relationship, power, and mattering in higher education.
  14. Stevens, D. D., & Brookfield, S. D. (2018). Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!: Five Key Strategies for Academic Writing Success. Bloomfield: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
  15. Verschelden, C. (2017). Bandwidth recovery: Helping students reclaim cognitive resources lost to poverty, racism, and social marginalization.

PAST Micro-workshops - this document provides information about previous micro-workshops.