CITL Reading Group: How Learning Works

CITL Reading Group: How Learning Works

7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

by Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha Lovett, & Marie Norman

In the Spring, 2017 semester, the CITL will offer a reading group for all instructors interested in reading and sharing the book, How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

In this volume, Susan Ambrose and colleagues offer a bridge connecting learning theory and teaching practice. The 7 general principles presented “provide instructors with an understanding of student learning that can help them see why certain teaching approaches are or are not supporting student learning, generate or refine teaching approaches and strategies that more effectively foster student learning in specific contexts, and transfer and apply these principles to new courses” ( Some of the topics we will discuss in the book group will include impact of prior knowledge, practice, and feedback on learning, organization of knowledge, motivation to learn, developing mastery, course climate, and self-directed learning.

One reviewer noted, “This book is a must-read for every instructor, new or experienced. Although I have been teaching for almost thirty years, as I read this book I found myself resonating with many of its ideas, and I discovered new ways of thinking about teaching.”

The reading group is open to all faculty and graduate students of Indiana University but registration is limited to 15. Participants will receive a free copy of the book.

Meetings will be held in the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Wells Library from 9:05-10:30am on Fridays. Meeting dates include: Feb 3, Feb 24, March 10, March 31, and April 21, 2017.

If you are interested in joining the book group and can commit to attending all 5 of these meetings please fill out the brief application form (it will download as a Word document) and return to Shannon Sipes at no later than Friday, January 20, 2017.