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Teaching and Learning e-Books

The Online Teaching Survival Guide : Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips. 3rd. Edition. (2021). Judith V. Boettcher, & Rita-Marie Conrad.

"Presents a framework of simple, research-grounded instructional strategies that work for any online or blended course. This new edition is enhanced with hints on integrating problem-solving strategies, assessment strategies, student independence, collaboration, synchronous strategies, and building metacognitive skills."


Teaching in the Online Classroom : Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal. (2020). Doug Lemov.

" This guide explores the challenges involved in online teaching and guides educators and administrators to identify and understand best practices. Learn strategies for engaging students more fully online; find new techniques to assess student progress from afar; and discover tools for building online classroom culture, combating online distractions, and more."


Student Engagement Techniques : A Handbook for College Faculty. 2nd edition. (2020). Elizabeth F. Barkley, & Claire H. Major.

"Provides a deeper understanding of what student engagement is, demonstrates new strategies for engaging students, uncovers implementation strategies for engaging students in online learning environments, and provides new examples on how to implement these techniques into STEM fields."


Learning Assessment Techniques : A Handbook for College Faculty. (2016). Elizabeth F. Barkley, & Claire H. Major.

"Provides 50 easy-to-implement active learning techniques that gauge student learning across academic disciplines and learning environments. Using Fink's Taxonomy of Significant Learning as its organizational framework, it embeds assessment within active learning activities."


Ungrading : Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead). 1st edition. (2020). Susan D. Blum. 

"Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative."


What the Best College Teachers Do. (2004). Ken Bain.

"What makes a great teacher great? The short answer is—it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. The best teachers know their subjects inside and out—but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn."


The College Fear Factor : How Students And Professors Misunderstand One Another. (2009). Rebecca D. Cox.

"Shows how students and their instructors misunderstand and ultimately fail one another, despite good intentions. Students often enter classrooms feeling academically inadequate, with very limited definitions of 'real' instruction or 'useful' knowledge. Combine that with teachers' definitions of learning, and of what's important to know, and the result can be mutual frustration, with each side blaming the other."