The Amherst Faculty Pedagogical Reading Group: Small Teaching Online

This June, CTL Faculty Director, Jyl Gentzler facilitated a book group discussing Flower Darby and James Lang’s Small Teaching Online. The reading group met once a week via Zoom for 90 minutes. They found the book and discussions provided concrete, useful suggestions for teaching online and learning from faculty across disciplines. Some of their key take-aways were:

  • Strategies for micro (or mini) lectures
  • Importance of making learning goals transparent with students throughout the semester
  • Feeling more confident to teach online
  • Appreciating the acknowledgement of the challenges of being human in this moment

Thanks to those who participated!

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a wide range of programs, including workshops, book groups, seminars, discussion groups, learning circles and training sessions. 

The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue amongst the people who do it. We grow by trial and error, to be sure—but our willingness to try and fail, as individuals is severely limited when we are not supported by a community that encourages such risks.
—Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach (1998, p. 144)