Teaching Squared: A Faculty Reading Circle

Teaching Squared: A Faculty Reading Circle
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Teaching² Returns for Summer

Teaching² is a Faculty Reading Circle to promote conversations on campus about teaching. This summer, we will be focusing on remote and online teaching as we read Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based strategies that work by Rosemary M. Lehman and Simone C.O. Conceição. The e-book is available for free online from the UC Davis Library.

Teaching² is facilitated by CEE in a conversational format designed for maximal faculty-to-faculty discussion and interaction.  To allow us to engage in a lively and productive small-group discussion, registration for each session is limited to 12 participants.

Summer 2020 meetings of Teaching² will be held on Zoom.

Summer II

Online meetings for Summer II will be held Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm during Weeks 2, 4, and 6 (August 13, August 27 and September 10).

Register for Teaching² here – SUMMER II (Aug-Sept 2020)

If you would like more information about Teaching², please email us.

Summer 2020 Book Selection:

 Summer 2020 Book Selection

Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based strategies that work by Rosemary M. Lehman and Simone C.O. Conceição (2013)

“Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors' study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and informal student support strategies, the book provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning.

While helping to improve the overall retention rates for educational institutions, the strategies outlined in the book also allow for student diversity and individual learner differences. Lehman and Conceição's proven model gives instructors an effective approach to help students persist in online courses and succeed as learners.”   From Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-based strategies that work.


On the Bookshelf - browse texts from past quarters:


 Winter 2020:

Book Image: Learner-Centered Teaching

Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice by Maryellen Weimer (2013)

“This book is for faculty.  However, it’s not a book exclusively for learner-centered teaching converts. It’s also a book for faculty who think learner-centered ideas might be of interest, but they have questions and concerns.  Are these ways of teaching that retain high standards and intellectual rigor? ….Does this way of teaching diminish the role and importance of teachers? This book offers answers to these questions.”  From Learner-centered teaching: Five key changes to practice 

Fall 2019 

Book Image: Teach Students How to Learn

Teach students how to learn: Strategies you can incorporate into any course to improve student metacognition, study skills, and motivation by Sandra Yancy McGuire (2015)

“In a masterly and spirited exposition spangled with wit and exhortation and rife with pragmatic strategies, Saundra McGuire teaches teachers how to awaken in their students the powers dormant within them.”  -- Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry