The end of the semester is nearing. You may think it’s too late to make a change in your teaching, but James Lang, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, advocates the positive impact of even the smallest changes. Lang has been sharing his advice about small changes you can make to your teaching in a recent series of posts on The Chronicle of Higher Education. These posts draw from Lang’s most recent book, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016), which UCAT is giving away in November.
Research into how we learn has opened the door for utilizing cognitive theory to facilitate better student learning. But that’s easier said than done. Many books about cognitive theory introduce radical but impractical theories, failing to make the connection to the classroom. In Small Teaching, James Lang presents a strategy for improving student learning with a series of modest but powerful changes that make a big difference—many of which can be put into practice in a single class period. These strategies are designed to bridge the chasm between primary research and the classroom environment in a way that can be implemented by any faculty in any discipline, and even integrated into pre-existing teaching techniques.
UCAT will also be facilitating a book group to discuss Small Teaching in the Spring semester.
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