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Here we provide the latest CUE-related news and announcements. While some resources on this page overlaps with CUE's instituional site, we focus on information not easily found on CUE's website. We have organized this information into categories as follows:
Active Learning in Higher Education Starting January 2023 | Facilitated by The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Led by the CTE team (Dr. Conrad Van Dyk and Dr. Verena Roberts).
The CTE is starting a book club in the winter 2023 semester focused on active learning in Higher Education contexts. Every book club member will be provided with their own copy of the book, free of charge. All you have to do is commit to attending up to 4 lunch-time discussion sessions – to be scheduled based on participant schedules. (If you miss one, that would be fine). We encourage everyone to come to the book club on campus (face-to-face), although we can make some accommodations to support a hybrid book club option if needed.
Davidson, Cathy N.: The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux
"Davidson is one of the most thoughtful voices from within academia calling for a more student-centered university. The New Education is a welcome collection of stories detailing how professors, administrators and students are designing paths through higher education that are relevant to our changing culture and society … At her best, Davidson writes in the tradition of Du Bois and Dewey, a pragmatist tradition that puts inquiry first and sees learning through the potential of the full, complex human beings students can become." - The Washington Post
Lang, James: Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It
"Keeping students focused can be difficult in a world filled with distractions — which is why a renowned educator created a scientific solution to one of every teacher’s biggest problems. Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students’ ability to focus. The logical response is to ban electronics in class. But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information. In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students’ attention. Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn." - Basic Books
Bookstore Renovations: The bookstore is currently undergoing renovations. Unfortunately, this has caused noise disturbances to classes, especially those classrooms under the bookstore. CUE administration is working with the contractor to minimize the noise, as well as moving some classes away from the noise, where possible. If you need to move your classroom, please contact Colette Storms and/or Shyla Lucas. They will do their best to accommodate your request.
You may have noticed new merch and a new website under the name Bookish . That is the bookstore's new name, and the store is getting a makeover to match these changes. The bookstore has moved to a temporary location. Faculty, staff, and students can find us in room S206 in Schwermann Hall across from the multi-faith prayer room.