Topics and course materials

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Week 1 (8/26): Learning Community Welcome

Week 2 (9/2): Connected Learning

Doug Belshaw “Working Openly On the Web”

Gardner Campbell, “Narrate, Curate, Share. How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning”

Scott Rosenberg, “How Blogs Changed Everything”

Tim Hitchcock “Twitter and Blogs are Not Just Add-ons To Academic Research”

Seth Godin and Tom Peters on Blogging

Week 3 (9/9): Anti-Teaching / Mindful Learning

Mike Wesch, Anti-Teaching: Confronting the Crisis of Significance  (also here)

Ken Robinson – How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Ellen Langer, Mindful Learning (Scholar)

Optional:more on Mindful Learning by Ellen Langer (Requires VT Library login)

Also here.

Week 4 (9/16) Assessment

Alfie Kohn, “The Case Against Grades”

Eric Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon, Imagination First, (intro, ch. 1; Scholar)

Donna M. Riley, “What’s Wrong With Evidence? Epistemological Roots and Pedagogical Implications of “Evidence-Based” Practice in STEM Education”

Marilyn M. Lombardi, “Making the Grade: The Role of Assessment in Authentic Learning”

Dan Pink, RSA Animate. Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (11 minutes)

Dan Pink, The Puzzle of Motivation (TED Talk, 18′ 30″)

Week 5 (9/23) Engaging the Imaginations of Digital Learners

Robert Talbert, “Four Things Lecture is Good For

James Paul Gee, What Video Games Have to Teach US (Scholar)

Mark C. Carnes, “Setting Students’ Minds on Fire

New Learners of the 21st Century

Week 6 (9/30) Discovering your Authentic Teaching Self

Sarah Deel, “Finding My Teaching Voice” (pdf here)

Seymour Papert, “Yearners and Schoolers,” from The Children’s Machine

Shelli Fowler, “The Authentic Teaching Self and Communication Skills

Week 7 (10/7) Designing a Learner Centered Syllabus

Steven Tepper and George D. Kuh, “Let’s Get Serious About Cultivating Creativity” (requires VT library log-in)

Gardner Campbell, “Curiosity as a Learning Outcome

Joan Middendorf and Alan Kalish, “The ‘Change-up’ in Lectures” also here.

    Supplemental Materials for Syllabus Design

Week 8 (10/14) Inclusive Pedagogy

Shankar Vendantam, The Hidden Brain

Workplace Diversity Pays (full article by Cedric Herring here. VT login required)

Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens, “From Safe Places to Brave Spaces” (Scholar)

Claude Steele, “Identity and Intellectual Performance” (Scholar)

Claude Steele, “Reducing Stereotype Threat” (Scholar)

Optional: Jeffrey Milem, “The Educational Benefits of Diversity” (Scholar)

Additional optional / supplemental resources also on Scholar

Week 9 (10/21) Critical Pedagogy

Shelli Fowler, “Paulo Freire and Critical Pedagogy” (Scholar)

Joe L. Kinchloe, “Paulo Freire (1921-1997) and “Moving to Critical Complexity” in The Critical Pedagogy Primer (2004), pp. 69-75 and 108-110 (Requires VT Library Log-in)

Paulo Freire, “The Banking Concept of Education,” Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ch. 2, pp. 71-86

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom, Ch. 2, pp. 29-37 Missing pp. 33-34.  But complete excerpt is here. Start on p. 9 and read these sections: There is no Teaching without Learning, Methodological Rigor, Research, Respect for What Students Know 

Optional: Paulo Freire, Short Video on Curiosity

Optional: June Jordon, Report from the Bahamas, 1982(Requires VT library Log-in); also here.

Week 10 (10/28) Formulating Your Teaching Philosophy

Gabriela Montell, “How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

The Professor is In, “The Dreaded Teaching Statement: Eight Pitfalls

Lee Haugen, “Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Supplemental / Optional:

Tutorial on Writing a Teaching Philosophy (University of Minnesota)

Faculty Focus: Philosophy of Teaching Statements (Magna Publications)

Week 11 (11/4) Attention and Multi-Tasking

Nicholas Carr; Is Google Making Us Stupid? and the comments (briefly)(2008)

Jason Farmon: The Myth of the Disconnected Life (2012)

Clive Thompson, Smarter Than You Think, 2013 (Scholar)

Optional Reading:

NYT interview with Thompson

Media Multi-taskers Pay Mental Price (2009)

Students Stop Surfing After Being Shown How In-Class Laptop Use Lowers Test Scores (2009)

Optional Viewing:

Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi on Flow and Happiness (TED Talk)

PBS: Digital Nation

Week 12  (11/11) Problem-Based Learning

*Maura Singleton, “Adjusting the Prescription. The School of Medicine Overhauls its century-old educational Approach” (2011)

*Tiwari, Lai, So and Yuen, “A Comparison of the Effects of problem-based learning and lecturing on the development of students’ critical thinking,” Medical Education 2006: 40: 547-554 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2929.2006.02481.x (VT Library Log-in Required)

*Why PBL?

*Dan Tries Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study (also on Scholar)

Resources for Problem-Based Learning – University of Delaware.

SUNY Buffalo Case Study site

Week 13 ~ Breathe (no F2F meeting) ~

Thanksgiving Break

Week 14   (12/2) Teaching for the 21st Century — Connecting the Dots

Parker Palmer, A New Professional: The Aims of Education Revisited

Dan Edelstein, How is Innovation Taught? On the Humanities and the Knowledge Economy

Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams (hub for various formats) / What is School For? (TedxYouth@BFS)


Sonia Henry, When do Medical Students Lose Their Empathy?

Atul Gawande, Personal Best

American Association of Colleges and Universities, It Takes More Than A Major:Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success (2013)

Week 15  (12/9) Final Meeting