Each semester, the FDC sponsors a book discussion group based on a recently published book on a topic related to teaching and learning. Past books have included:
- Effective Grading (Walvoord & Anderson, 2010)
- Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, 2nd Ed. (Bean, 2011)
- Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Bowen, 2012)
- Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions (Brookfield, 2012)
- Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Nilson, 2013).
Faculty who register to attend the book discussion group receive a copy of the book, compliments of the FDC. Watch our home page for announcements of next semester’s book discussion group.
Several other more or less formal discussion groups meet regularly on the UMBC campus to discuss topics of teaching and learning, including a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Group, Team-Based Learning (TBL) Group, the Biology Teaching Circle and the Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI) Teaching Circle. The FDC provides support to these groups as needed. Contact the FDC for further information.