UCET periodically hosts reading groups were faculty and professional staff get together to discuss a book that impacts the learning environment. We will be starting a new book soon so be sure to check back for updates!
Fall 2013 Book: Teaching Naked by Jose Antonio Bowen. Please contact UCET (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating, so we can find a good meeting time. The first four members will receive a free copy of the book!
Summary of Teaching Naked: "Technology is profoundly changing education. If students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what be found online and maximize "naked" face-to-face contact with faculty. Teaching Naked shows how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Jose Bown introduces a new way to think about learning and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension in education. Here he offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology, while restructuring classes into more active learning environments"
Bowen, José Antonio. Teaching Naked : How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. First edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint, 2012.
There are some wonderful books on teaching issues, but few of us have time to read them. Even if we make the time, it can be difficult to find a discussion partner. In past years, our circles have focused on several books--some classics and some classics-to-be. A limited number of free books will be available to the first people who commit to attending each circle. Circles will have a designated leader and will meet 3-5 times as they read the book.
The 2012-2013 Campus Theme was "Politics Everywhere! Civic Engagement From the Local to the Global."