Books & Coffee Reading Group

Fall 2015

Again this year, the Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting “Books & Coffee” reading and discussion groups for faculty.  Over the course of one semester, the group will meet multiple times to discuss the readings, with group members taking turns leading discussions. And yep, we’ll always have coffee.

Book:  Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online

Jary R. Howard - Wiley, 2015
From the publisher: “Second only to lecture as the most widely used instructional strategy, there's no better method than classroom discussion to actively engage students with course material. Most faculty are not aware that there is an extensive body of research on the topic from which instructors can learn to facilitate exceptional classroom discussion.  Discussion in the College Classroom is a practical guide which utilizes that research, frames it sociologically, and offers advice, along with a wide variety of strategies, to help you spark a relevant conversation and steer it toward specific learning goals.
Applicable across a spectrum of academic disciplines both online and on campus, these ideas will help you overcome the practical challenges and norms that can undermine discussion, and foster a new atmosphere of collaborative learning and critical thinking. Higher education faculty are increasingly expected to be more intentional and reflective in their pedagogical practice, and this guide shows you how to meet those expectations, improve student outcomes, and tackle the perennial problem of lagging engagement."


Meeting and Topic Schedule

We will meet four times across the semester on Friday afternoons from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.   And we will always have coffee and snacks.
September 18 - Fleck 314

Ch 1: Introduction: Why Bother with Classroom Discussion?
Ch 2: Is Anyone Really Paying Attention?

October 9 - Fleck 314

Ch 3: The Challenge of Dominant Talkers

November 6 - Moody 212 
Ch 4: Students Differing Definitions of the Classroom 
Ch 5: Making Online Discussion Work (pages 105-126 only)
December 4 - Fleck 314
Ch 5: Making Online Discussion Work (pages 126-139)
Ch 6: To Grade or Not to Grade? And Other Conundrums


How to Sign Up

Please fill out this short registration form.  We will get in touch with you shortly about how to receive your copy of the book.


Previous Books & Coffee Topics

2015 - Spring - Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice - Doyle, 2011
2014 - Fall - Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel, 2014
2014 - Spring - Teaching for 21st-Century Literacies
2013 - Fall - Getting Culture, Incorporating Diversity across the Curriculum - Gurung & Prieto, 2009
2013 - Spring - Teaching, Technology, and Liberal Education in a Digital Age
2012 - Fall - Teaching What You Don't Know - Huston, 2009
2012 - Summer - A New Culture of Learning - Thomas & Brown, 2011
2012 - Spring & 2011 - Fall - How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching - Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, & Norman, 2010

2011 - Summer - Current Debates about College Teaching and Higher Education
2011 - Spring - What the Best College Teachers Do - Bain, 2004