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Teaching, Learning, and Innovation (TLI)UT Libraries, and the Department of Psychology invite anyone from UT to participate in the Lifelong Learning Book Club this Spring 2024 semester.

This book club aims to promote a community of support around lifelong learning for teachers and students a like. So faculty, staff, and students are all welcome!

This upcoming Spring 2024 semester, we will be reading 

The New College Classroom

By Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katapodis

About this book:  "College instruction is stuck in the past. If a time traveler from a century ago arrived on today’s campuses, they would recognize only too well the listlessness of the lecture hall and the awkward silence of the seminar room. Yet we know how to do better. Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis, two of the world’s foremost innovators in higher education, turn to the latest research and methods to show how teachers at every kind of institution can help students become independent, creative, and active learners.

The New College Classroom helps instructors in all disciplines create an environment that is truly conducive to learning. Davidson and Katopodis translate cutting-edge research in learning science and pedagogy into ready-to-use strategies to incorporate into any course. These empirically driven, classroom-tested techniques of active learning—from the participatory syllabus and ungrading to grab-and-go activities for every day of the term—have achieved impressive results at community colleges and research universities, on campus, online, and in hybrid settings." (Harvard University Press)

Important note: Christina Katapodis will be the keynote speaker at the 2024 Innovative Teaching and Learning Conference hosted by TLI on March 26th, 2024. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with her work! She may also attend one of the book club sessions!

You can learn more about the conference and registration at this link. 

The e-book is available online through the UT Libraries’ catalog, linked below.

Additional Resources in UTK Library

Meeting Information & Registration

Register for sessions here!

The book club meetings will be held virtually via Zoom! We will be discussing all aspects of the book, so each session will be different.

You don't have to read the book to attend! This is just a group of people interested in lifelong learning and supporting students and new approaches to teaching!

Meeting dates and times:

  • Wed, Feb 21st @ 12pm via Zoom
    • (chp 1-4)
  • Wed, Mar 20th @ 12pm via Zoom
    • (chp 5-8)
  • Wed, April 17th @ 12am via Zoom 
    • (chp 9-12)

Register for sessions here!