Summer 2018 Reading Groups

The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small informal reading groups. This service is available to faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars. To participate:

Individuals who would like to be matched with a group:

  1. Choose a book (or two) from the list.

  2. Sign Up by Wednesday, May 23 at 5 PM.
    (we will do our best to accommodate signups after that date) 

Facilitators of groups that are already formed and have confirmed availability for meeting times:

  1. Choose a book from the list or if you want to propose another title contact for approval prior to step 2.

  2. Sign up for the GROUP (only the facilitator signs up) and provide the participating group members' ND email addresses.
  1. The Kaneb Center will purchase and distribute the books. 
  2. Read and Discuss: the facilitator contacts the group to determine reading goals and arrange meetings. Groups may meet several times with specific reading goals or once, upon completion of the book. All members of a group are expected to attend and participate in discussions.
  3. Submit: upon completion, the facilitator provides a short summary (1 page or less) of the group's impressions of the book.

Cheating Lessons

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
James Lang; Harvard University Press; 2013. 268 pages.


Lang reminds educators that their primary focus should be on promoting learning, and not preventing cheating. This helpful book provides accessible summaries of literature on academic cheating, its nature, causes, and prevalence – and illustrative examples of how successful instructors build their courses to encourage learning, and as a by-product, reduce cheating.

Dynamic Lecturing


Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness
Christine Harrington, Todd Zakrajsek; Sylus Publishing, LLC; July 31, 2017. 336 pages.

Harrington and Zakrajsek make the case that lecture and active learning are not mutually exclusive. They present a variety of evidence based approaches to creating and delivering lectures that engage students and promote learning.

Encountering Faith In The Classroom


Encountering Faith in the Classroom Turning Difficult Discussions Into Constructive Engagement
Miriam Roslyn Diamond; Stylus Publishing, LLC; 2008;. 245 pages.

Diamond has collected a set of essays that offers “ways of conceptualizing, engaging, and responding" to student beliefs. Included are models for raising topics related to religion and suggestions for responding to students who contend that course material contradicts their worldview.

Make It Stick

Make it Stick The Science of Successful Learning
Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger (III), Mark A. McDaniel; Harvard University Press; 2014. 312 pages.

Drawing on cognitive psychology and other fields, Make It Stick offers techniques for becoming more productive learners, and cautions against study habits and practice routines that turn out to be counterproductive. The book speaks to students, teachers, trainers, athletes, and all those interested in lifelong learning and self-improvement.

The Skillful Teacher

The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom
Stephen D. Brookfield; Wiley Publishers; 3rd edition; 2015. 304 pages.

On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom, Brookfield offers suggestions for creating effective learning. The book covers a wide range of topics that highlight his extensive work in the areas of facilitating effective discussion, teaching for critical thinking, and working to create inclusive learning environments.