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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 non-obvious, and they do affect their learning. By being aware of the kinds of stresses that students are under, 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: […]

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November Book Giveaway

How to Talk About Hot Topics on Campus by Nash, Bradley, and Chickering fills a gap in the literature by providing a resource that shows how to construct and carry out difficult conversations from various vantage points in the academy. It offers a theory-to-practice model of conversation for the entire college campus that will enable […]


October Book Giveaway

This month, we will be giving away a copy of Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms in which the authors advise how to plan, conduct, and assess classroom discussions. Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill suggest exercises for starting discussions, strategies for maintaining their momentum, and ways to elicit […]

Teaching What You Don't Know by Therese Houston

September Book Giveaway

Therese Huston’s Teaching What You Don’t Know is one of the most popular books among UCAT staff and clients. Huston discusses how being inexpert in a particular content area can actually be an advantage in creating a collaborative learning environment and encouraging student autonomy. Teaching material that we as teachers are just learning also stimulates […]