Looking for low threshold faculty development over the summer? Grab a good book and learn something new. The following are books on teaching and learning recommended by the Center for Innovative Learning staff that will keep you in a growth mindset for the summer.
Cal Newport is a professor who loves to talk about productivity. Cal’s second book, Deep Work lays down the how and why of treating your time with respect. Building in more time for Deep Work in our schedules is a must if we want to create and contribute great ideas and work to share with others.
A super book that is easy read despite the topic by Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. Human Learning looks at a broad range of theoretical perspectives, including behaviorist, social cognitive, cognitive, constructivist, contextual, and developmental theories. It describes associationistic processes, such as classical and operant conditioning, as well as more complex and distinctly human processes such as metacognition, self-regulated learning, and critical thinking.
Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies by Michelle Pcansky-Brock provides new and experienced instructors with practical examples of how low-cost and free technologies can be used to support student learning as well as best practices for integrating web-based tools into a course management system and managing student privacy in a Web 2.0 environment.
In this comprehensive guide, author Susan M. Brookhart identifies two essential components of effective rubrics: (1) criteria that relate to the learning (not the tasks ) that students are being asked to demonstrate and (2) clear descriptions of performance across a continuum of quality. She outlines the difference between various kinds of rubrics (for example, general versus task-specific, and analytic versus holistic), explains when using each type of rubric is appropriate, and highlights examples from all grade levels and assorted content areas.