Required Texts

[WM] = Buy at Amazon McKeachie, W. J., et al. Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. 9th ed. D.C. Health & Co., 1994. ISBN: 9780669194340.

[PW/FO] = Buy at Amazon Wankat, P. C., and F. S. Oreovicz. Teaching Engineering. McGraw-Hill, 1992. ISBN: 9780070681545.

[BGD] = Buy at Amazon Davis, B. Gross. Tools for Teaching. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993. ISBN: 9781555425685.

Lists of Optional Additional Readings are also available for this course.


Introduction to the class

Why this class?

Short History of Teaching and Learning the American University

Buy at Amazon Bok, Derek. "The Evolution of American Colleges," and "Purposes." In Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why they Should be Learning More. Princeton University Press, 2005, pp. 11–30. ISBN: 9780691125961.

Buy at Amazon Hooks, Bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Routledge Press, 1994, pp. 1–12. ISBN: 9780415908085.

Buy at Amazon Seymour, E., and N. M. Hewitt. Talking about Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences. Westview Press, 2000, pp. 13–9, 33, 145–77. ISBN: 9780813366425. [Preveiw with Google Books]

2 What we know about student learning in higher education

Buy at Amazon Lang, J. M. "Week 7-Students as Learners." In On Course: A Week by Week Guide to Your First Semeseter of College Teaching. Harvard University Press, 2008, pp. 153–77. ISBN: 9780674028067. [Preview with Google Books]

Boettcher, J. V. "Ten Core Principles for Designing Effective Learning Environments: Insights from Brain Research and Pedagogical Theory." Innovate 3, no. 10 (2008).

"Chapter 15." In [PW/FO].

Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2006. Short Film.

3 Developing your teaching philosophy

"Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement." Faculty and TA Development, Ohio State University.

Haugen, Lee. "Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement." Center for Teaching Excellence, Iowa State University, 1998.

"Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement." Tomorrow's Professor Mailing List. Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning.

4 Course Design & Planning: Planning Backward, Learning Outcomes & Strategic Teaching

Biggs, J. "Aligning Teaching for Constructing Learning." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF) Higher Education Academy, 2005.

Buy at Amazon Lang, J. M. "The Syllabus." Chapter 0 in On Course: A Week by Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Harvard University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780674028067. [Preview with Google Books]

"Creating a Syllabus." In [BGD].

Kratwohl, David R. "A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy: An Overview." Theory into Practice 41, no. 4 (2002).

Feisel, L. D., and R. J. Schmitz. "Systematic Curriculum Analysis." Engineering Education 69, no. 5 (1979): 409-13.

Breslow, Lori (2004).

5 Teaching Methodologies: Part I - Lecturing

"Preparing to Teach the Large Lecture Course." In [BGD].

"Lectures." Chapter 6 in [PW/FO].

Buy at Amazon Lang, J. M. "In the Classroom: Lectures." Chapter 3 In On Course: A Week by Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Harvard University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780674028067. [Preview with Google Books]

6 Teaching Methodologies: Part II - Active Learning, Why and How?

Bloom, Benjamin. "The 2-Sigma Problem: The Search for Group Methods as Effective as One-on-One Tutoring." Educational Researcher 13, no. 6 (1984): 4–16.

Smith, Karl A., Sheri D. Sheppard, et al. "Pedagogies of Engagement: Classroom-Based Practices." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF) Journal of Engineering Education 94, no. 1 (2005): 87–101.

Cooper, J. L., Pamela Robinson, et al. "The Interactive Lecture: Reconciling Group and Active Learning Strategies with Traditional Instructional Formats." Exchanges: The Online Journal of Teaching and Learning in the CSU, October 2003.

Prince, M., and R. Felder. "The Many Faces of Inductive Teaching and Learning." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF) Journal of College Science Teaching 36, no. 5 (2007).

7 What Can Nerds Learn from Actors?

Sonnenmoser, Marion. "Upstaging Stage Fright." Scientific American Mind, February 1, 2006.

Schurenberg, E. "10 Zen Ways to Nail Your Next Presentation." Inc Magazine, Dec. 27, 2011.

Tauber, R.T., and C. Sargent Mester. Acting Lessons for Teachers: Using Performance Skills in the Classroom. Praeger, 2006. ISBN: 9780275992040.

"Techniques for Actors." The Actor's Green Room—Virginia Commonwealth University.

Buy at Amazon Halpern, B. L., and K. Lubar. Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire. Gotham, 2003. ISBN: 9781592400171. [Preview with Google Books]

8 Designing Homework and Exam Questions

Mazur, Eric. "The Problem with Problems." Optics and Photonics News 6 (1996): 59–60.

"Tests & Examinations." Chapter 8 in [WM].

"Homework: Problem Sets." Chapter 27 in [BGD].

9 Teaching Problem Solving

Chapter 5 in [PW/FO]. (Read the sections that resonate with you as a teacher)

Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching. Teaching Problem Solving.

Buy at Amazon Alfeld, Peter. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method. Summary of G. Polya. 2nd ed. Department of Mathematics, University of Utah. Princeton University Press, 1973. ISBN: 9780691080970.

10 Grading and Assessment

Buy at Amazon Curzan, Anne, and Damour Lisa. Chapter 8 in First Day to Final Grade: Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching. University of Michigan Press, 2000.

"The A, B, C's of Assigning Grades." Chapter 9 in [WM].

Piontek, Mary E. "CRLT Occasional Paper No. 24: Best Practices for Designing and Grading Exams." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF) Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan, 2001.

Buy at Amazon Forsyth, Donelson R. "Grading (and Aiding): Helping Students Reach Their Learning Goals." In The Professor's Guide to Teaching: Psychological Principles and Practices. American Psychological Association, 2003.

11 Teaching in a Multicultural Classroom

McIntosh, Peggy. "White Privilege: Unpacking the invisible backpack." Independent School Magazine 49, no. 2 (1990): 31.

Steele, Claude M. "Thin Ice: 'Stereotype Threat' and Black College Students." The Atlantic Monthly, August 1999.

Buy at Amazon Barad, Karen. "A Feminist Approach to Teaching Quantum Physics." Chapter 2 in Teaching the Majority: Breaking the Gender Barrier in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Edited by S. Rosser. Teachers College Press, 1995, pp. 43–75. ISBN: 9780807762769.

"Diversity and Complexity in the Classroom: Considerations of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender." In [BGD].

12–13 Microteaching Please review the Microteaching Guidelines and additional resources (see Microteaching under Supplemental Materials)