Connecting Content, Belief, and Action

Teaching with the 2014-2015 Book-in-Common, This I Believe

Teaching content is sometimes all we feel we do with our students. Would you like your students to think deeply about the fundamental and powerful concepts that frame your discipline? This workshop will demonstrate how use of the Book-in-Common, This I Believe, can engage students in experience, reflection, integration, and application around complex problems relevant to their everyday lives and to your course content.

Instructors from across disciplines will learn how integration of this common read can support students’ cognitive development, help meet course goals, and generate meaningful dialogue and student engagement in the classroom. The first 20 participants who register and attend the session will receive a free copy of the Book-in-Common.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will:

  1. Better understand UofL’s common reading program and the relevant student development literature base;
  2. Learn about approaches that faculty have used to generate meaningful dialogue and student engagement with “This I Believe” essays; and
  3. Apply these new strategies to an example from one’s own discipline/classroom practice.

Session Date

  • 8-11-2014

    Monday, 12-2pm
    Delphi Center Lab
    This class will be rescheduled.

Presenter Bios

Nisha Gupta, Ph.D., is the i2a specialist for culminating experiences. Prior to this position, she was the associate director for professional development programs of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. She comes to Ideas to Action with a background in curricular design, teaching and learning, and Women and Gender studies.

Katie Partin, Ph.D., is the coordinator for the Office of First Year Initiatives and a member of the i2a Collaborative Learning Community. Katie earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. Her dissertation focuses on the experience of transfer students and specialty services.

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