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. See below for further details and registration information.
The Real News reading group will focus on understanding how students engage with news, how an information environment structured by proprietary algorithms affects that engagement, and how to promote news literacy skills in the classroom. The group will read the Project Information Literacy News Study to get started, followed by book chapters and articles including a section of Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble. We will meet three times between February and April. Participants can sign up by emailing Julia Hughes by Monday, February 11 and then the group will determine meeting times together.
Our second reading group will discuss Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice by Claire Major, our Excellence in Teaching Day keynote speaker. Meetings will be from 2:00 - 3:00 on March 13, March 27, April 10, and April 24 with a period of online discussion between the second and third meetings. The group is open to new and experienced online instructors as well as anyone curious about teaching online. Participants who can commit to attending all four meetings will receive a copy of the book. Space is limited, so please indicate your interest by Friday, March 1.
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 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. More information will be announced soon.