CTLA | ITT | May 2014 Newsletter

Posted: May 28, 2014
Summer provides a great opportunity for faculty to rest, reflect, and retool.  In this issue, we offer a few ideas for helping faculty improve as educator-mentors and scholar-practitioners.

The Scolarship of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning



Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The summer is a great time to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) - the interdisciplinary field of teaching practice and student learning.  ITT would like to recommend a few resources that can help you get going.  In addition, ITT professionals are happy to meet with faculty for a consultation.  Please contact us at itt@apu.edu.   Teaching-Learning Faculty Fellows
As announced on Faculty Development Day, five faculty have been selected as the 2014-15 Teaching-Learning Faculty Fellows.  They are Cheryl Boyd, MSN (Undergrad Nursing), Ryan Hartwig, Ph.D. (Communication Studies), Bryant Matthews, Ph.D. (Math & Physics), Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D. (Doctoral Higher Ed), and Michael Wong, DPT (Physical Therapy).  These fellows will serve as teaching and learning ambassadors to the various schools and programs, brokering appropriate resources to meet faculty needs.  In addition, David McGill, MFA (Art and Design) has been selected as the 2014-15 ITT Faculty Fellow.  He will support faculty with design and media needs, such as creating graphics, screencasts, and videos for courses.

Summer Reading List
If you’re looking for a few good books to read on teaching and learning this summer, here’s our top recommendations.
  • Bean, J. C. (2011). Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (2nd edition).  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Bain, K.(2004). What the Best College Teachers Do. Boston: Harvard University Press.
  • Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Brookfield, S. (2011). Teaching Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Fink, D. (2013). Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Stein J. and Graham C. (2013). Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide. New York: Routledge.
  • Weimer, M. (2013). Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.