Recommended Reads

Articles

Blogs

Books

  • How Humans Learn (available at the PSCC library!)
    • Publishers summary: Even on good days, teaching is a challenging profession. One way to make the job of college instructors easier, however, is to know more about the ways students learn. How Humans Learn aims to do just that by peering behind the curtain and surveying research in fields as diverse as developmental psychology, anthropology, and cognitive neuroscience for insight into the science behind learning. The result is a story that ranges from investigations of the evolutionary record to studies of infants discovering the world for the first time, and from a look into how our brains respond to fear to a reckoning with the importance of gestures and language. Joshua R. Eyler identifies five broad themes running through recent scientific inquiry—curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity, and failure—devoting a chapter to each and providing practical takeaways for busy teachers. He also interviews and observes college instructors across the country, placing theoretical insight in dialogue with classroom experience.
  • How to have impossible conversations: a very practical guide (2019) (available at the PSCC library!)
    • Publishers summary: In our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you’re online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall — or just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative — dialogue shuts down when perspectives clash. Heated debates often lead to insults and shaming, blocking any possibility of productive discourse. Everyone seems to be on a hair trigger. This book guides you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation — whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control. Boghossian and Lindsay teach the subtle art of instilling doubts and opening minds. They cover everything from learning the fundamentals for good conversations to achieving expert-level techniques to deal with hardliners and extremists. This book is the manual everyone needs to foster a climate of civility, connection, and empathy.
  • Hybrid Flexible Course Design by San Francisco State University on teaching face to face and online students synchronously (like in our Distance Learning Classrooms)

E-Newsletters

  • Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning: Tomorrow’s Professor eNewsletter

Websites

  • MERLOT Pedagogy Portal Instructional strategies and issues on Course Instructional Design, Assessment, Learning Theories and strategies such as Simulations, Learning-Centered Teaching, Critical Thinking, etc.
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