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Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone is aimed at faculty members, faculty-service staff, disability support providers, student-service staff, campus leaders, and graduate students who want to strengthen the engagement, interaction, and performance of all college students. It includes resources for readers who want to become Universal Design for Learning experts and advocates: real-world case studies, active-learning techniques, UDL coaching skills, micro and macro-level UDL-adoption guidance, and use-them now resources.

Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It

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 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.

Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

In this classic collection of essays, bell hooks uses her personal experiences as a student and teacher to explain how students can be marginalized in schools and how multicultural classrooms can be more inclusive. Teaching to transgress is about pushing against the boundaries, to challenge racism, sexism, classism, and all forms of oppression in the world. A transgressive approach to education is when educators support others and themselves to achieve the freedom to live fully in the world.

Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide

Teaching and Learning STEM presents a trove of practical research-based strategies for designing and teaching courses and assessing students’ learning. Its engaging and well-illustrated descriptions will equip you to implement the strategies in your courses and to deal effectively with problems (including student resistance) that might occur in the implementation.

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