Who can participate?
Any UTSA faculty member interested in learning more about the biological basis for learning and its implications for effective teaching.
What is the book? (All participants will receive a free copy)
How learning works: 7 research-based principles for smart teaching
Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., Norman, M. R. (2010). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Filled with solid teaching practices linked to research, How Learning Works explores what motivates students to learn, how prior knowledge affects their learning, and the kinds of practice and feedback that enhance learning.
Each key chapter begins with two teaching related scenarios that are referenced through-out the chapter as a way of grounding the research in actual teaching situations. The authors then provide a readable overview of one of seven key learning principles, drawing from new research in neuroscience, education, psychology, and cognitive science. Next, the authors focus on the implications of the research, providing multiple insights that help faculty members adopt effective teaching practices that address the learning principle.
What is the commitment?
Faculty participants are asked to attend as many Reading Circle meetings as they can. There will be nine meetings scheduled over the 2011-2012 academic year. Different faculty will take responsibility for leading the discussion for each of the nine chapters. Barbara Millis, director of the TLC, will coordinate all meeting logistics.
How do I sign up?
Contact Barbara Millis, x7374.