Fall Faculty Book Club

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Fall 2021 Faculty Book Club

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development is pleased to announce its Fourteenth Annual Fall Faculty Book Club. This fall we will be reading Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading by Jenae Cohn.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher:

Students are reading on screens more than ever—how can we teach them to be better digital readers?

Smartphones, laptops, tablets: college students are reading on-screen all the time, and digital devices shape students’ understanding of and experiences with reading. In higher education, however, teachers rarely consider how digital reading experiences may have an impact on learning abilities, unless they’re lamenting students’ attention spans or the distractions available to students when they’re learning online.

Skim, Dive, Surface offers a corrective to these conversations—an invitation to focus not on losses to student learning but on the spectrum of affordances available within digital learning environments. It is designed to help college instructors across the curriculum teach digital reading in their classes, whether they teach face-to-face, fully online, or somewhere in between. Placing research from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, learning science, and composition in dialogue with insight from the scholarship of teaching and learning, Jenae Cohn shows how teachers can better frame, scaffold, and implement effective digital reading assignments. She positions digital reading as part of a cluster of literacies that students should develop in order to communicate effectively in a digital environment.

The Fall Faculty Book Club will meet three times this semester, so please only request a space if you are committed to attending all three of the following meetings:

  1. Monday, September 27, 4:30 pm
  2. Monday, October 25, 4:30 pm
  3. Monday, November 22, 4:30 pm

If you are interested, please email Jay Todd. We will accept the first 10 people who respond, and will deliver the books as soon as possible.

We look forward to reading with you and learning with you!