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March Book Giveaway

Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, by Elizabeth F. Barkley This month’s selection contains more than one-hundred techniques and strategies for fostering student engagement by the California Professor of the Year (1998) and a Carnegie Scholar in the discipline of music. The ready-to-use format shows how to apply each of the book’s techniques in […]

Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community Members

UCAT has been facilitating learning communities through OSTEP (Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Programs) for 15 years. New learning communities begin in August, 2015, and the application deadline, Monday, March 2, is fast approaching. Click on the links to apply. Former OSTEP community members often remark how much they learned from fellow participants, and how much they value the supportive […]

“Teaching Unprepared Students” by Kathleen Gabriel

February Book Giveaway

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education, by Kathleen F. Gabriel, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at California State University at Chico This month’s giveaway is also the book we will be reading for the UCAT Book Group in February. Space is still available so sign up now! But […]


January 2015 Book Giveaway

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, (2013) by L. Dee Fink This month’s selection is a classic in the field of educational development. One of our consultants notes that Fink’s approach can revolutionize the way we design our courses and think about teaching. From the publisher: In this thoroughly updated edition of […]


The stresses that our students experience are often not obvious, but they do affect learning. By being aware of the kinds of stresses that students are facing, we can make adjustments to our teaching that can have a positive impact for our students.These were some of the themes explored during  the InterACT workshop, Outside In: When […]