The Library Learning Commons is a busy place. The Main Floor alone houses the Learning Lab, Career Services, Transitional Studies, and the IT Help Desk, not to mention the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk, computers, and, of course, books. If you venture to the top floor, you’ll find more computers, places to sit and study, and a lot more books. In the basement, you’ll find a computer lab and the Strive/TRIO offices. We see a lot of traffic from students, but also faculty, staff, and community members.
And then Covid-19 hit. The campus pivoted to remote learning, most of the students went home, and the LLC became something of a ghost town, and stayed that way for several months. Of course, much of life at CSC returned to a relative normal in the fall, albeit in a new masked and socially-distanced state. Still, it seems likely that, in many ways, the spring 2020 pivot will have a lasting effect on higher education, in particular, on instruction.
The spring pivot highlighted the need in higher education for instructors and the support networks around them to remain vigilant in efforts to understand teaching & learning, especially regarding the needs of the learner and the role online instruction will play in the future of higher education. But first, we needed to deal with the present. Faculty worked hard over the summer preparing for a fall term that would present unique instructional challenges. In an effort to support that work, the King Library ensured that faculty had unlimited access to e-book versions of standard texts in teaching & learning, the learning sciences, and online instruction. Many of these texts were already available in the TLC Collection in the basement of Old Admin., but with limited physical copies, it would not always be possible for instructors get their hands on a given text.
Enter e-books, and unlimited access to them. Below is a list of the books that the King Library either already had unlimited e-book access to, or over the summer purchased such access. The goal has been to ensure that instructors can get their hands on these texts, or sections in them, when they need it. Moreover, portions of these books are referenced in sections of the newly developed TLC Instructional Support Site. Finally, these will remain available to all of you as you continue the work of growing as teachers, work we all know never really ends. Note: Permalinks are added to the titles; Amazon links are provided for you to read summaries and reviews of these books.
- The seminal work on backward design.
- Two of the more popular and accessible accounts of what the learning sciences have discovered about how learning works.
- Two books that seek to apply what research tells us about how learning works, but also about what instructional strategies are most effective, and in what scenarios. Both are very practical, cite research to support their recommendations, and have been widely used and discussed.
- Four of the more frequently cited texts that attempt to apply what we know about learning and instruction in online environments.
- Miller, Michelle. Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. Harvard, 2014. (Amazon link)
- Boettcher, Judith V. The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, 2nd edition. Jossey-Bass 2016. (Amazon link)
- Nilson, Linda B., and Ludwika A. Goodson. Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research. Jossey-Bass, 2017. (Amazon link)
- Darby, Flower, with James M. Lang. Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. Jossey-Bass, 2019. (Amazon link)
- If you are not on campus, when you access these books, you may need to review the instructions for Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.
- If you want to download these and read them on your portable device, you will need to create a free My EBSCOhost account and download an appropriate app (for example, Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader). Consult the eBook download help page for more information.