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Call for Participation: Teaching & Learning Book Club

Purchase College is collaborating with SUNY Oswego and several other SUNY campuses to hold a joint faculty book club this fall examining “Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning” by James Lang.

Purchase College is collaborating with SUNY Oswego and several other SUNY campuses to hold a joint faculty book club this fall examining “Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning” by James Lang. In his book, Lang connects recent research by cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and biologists to a set of deliberate, structured, and incremental strategies that you can use to apply these research findings to your instruction. He has also done a series of articles on the topic for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The TLTC will purchase a copy of the text for any faculty member committed to participate. We will have live online sessions between the campuses where faculty can explore the topics covered in the nine chapters of the text. The TLTC will also host some Purchase-specific conversation on the topics.

  • There will be a kick-off keynote talk by James Lang on August 23rd, from 11:00-12:00.  SUNY Oswego is hosting Lang on their campus as part of their fall faculty retreat, and we will stream the keynote talk in the TLTC conference room (Library 0008A). Please let me know if you plan to attend (keith.landa@purchase.edu).  If you want to be part of the book club but can’t attend the keynote, let me know.
  • Please let me know if you want to participate in the book club. While we can rush order some additional copies of the book later, I would like to get an appropriate number ordered up front and have them on hand for the keynote.
  • Book club participants will receive a schedule of the online discussion sessions shortly.

Thanks.

keith landa, director
teaching, learning, and technology center