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Pedagogy Reading Groups

The CTE organizes occasional reading groups open to faculty and graduate students interested in delving into a particular author’s work or into a timely pedagogical text. Meetings are informal and are meant to provide an opportunity to share reactions, questions, and thoughts about how to implement the principles introduced in the reading.

Facilitated by CTE staff, these groups provide instructors the opportunity to connect across disciplines about a range of teaching topics. Past participants have mentioned “the diversity of the group - in terms of field, experience, and class type” and the “free-form conversation” as some of the benefits of the program.

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Spring 2019 Reading Groups

This spring, the CTE will be hosting three different reading group opportunities. These groups are open to all instructors at Boston College. More details and registration information for each group will be available in February. For further information, please contact

Know News

Our first group is being offered in collaboration with the library and is being facilitated by Steve Runge, Learning Commons Manager, and Julia Hughes, Senior Research Librarian, who are planning on three meetings beginning in February. They will start with the October 2018 Project Information Literacy “News Study” on how U.S. college students gather information and engage with news in the digital age. Subsequent readings will be based on group interest and ongoing changes in news and misinformation.

Teaching Online

Our second group will discuss Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice by Claire Howell Major, our Excellence in Teaching Day keynote speaker. Participants will meet four to five times in March and April and will receive a free copy of the book.

Making Learning Visible

Finally, in anticipation of Excellence in Teaching Day, we’ll be organizing a number of one-time conversations of select articles by Claire Howell Major. We’ll focus in particular on her research into learning assessment and collaborative learning approaches. These sessions will be held over lunch in April.