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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 is hosting two reading group opportunities. These groups are open to all instructors at Boston College. See below for further details and registration information.

Real News

The Real News reading group is focusing 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 is reading 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. They are meeting three times between February and April. Please e-mail Julia Hughes for more information.

Teaching Online

Our second reading group is discussing Teaching Online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice by Claire Major, our Excellence in Teaching Day keynote speaker. Meetings are 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 committed to attending all four meetings received a copy of the book.