Thank goodness lifelong learning is one of my treasured hobbies. The past two months have been quite busy, but I somehow managed to discover some great new learning gems. Here it goes…
My Favorite Books
Originally a biology major, Dr. Fleming is now an associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University. She found her calling in sociology after learning about critical race theory in an introductory undergraduate course in sociology. In a recent interview, Dr. Fleming perfectly captures why I chose this book and this topic: “If we’re going to challenge systemic racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, class oppression, homophobia, and transphobia we need to reflect on our socialization and consider why it is that we have problematic views, and then understand what we can do about it.”
My Favorite Podcast
What perfect timing for NPR to release a new podcast, White Lies! The podcast, which just released a third episode, explores the murder of Rev. James Reeb, a civil-rights activist, in Selma more than 50 years ago. To learn more, listen to the brief podcast overview, Introducing White Lies, and check out NPR’s visual narrative of the unsolved murder case.
My Favorite MOOC
There are so many wonderful options available for lifelong learning. After reading Dr. Mitch Prinstein’s book, Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships, I was delighted to complete Dr. Prinstein’s popular massive open online course on Coursera, The Psychology of Popularity. The four-week course explores how psychological scientists like Dr. Prinstein study popularity and outlines some of the major research findings on the topic. For a brief introduction to this topic, watch The Right Kind of Popularity and read the companion article.
My Favorite Learning Resources
Looking for a great way to get students to assess and reflect on their academic skills at the beginning of a course? Check out the Stanford Academic Skills Inventory. It’s an excellent tool for inspire students to consider their time management, reading, notetaking, test taking, writing, and other skills and factors relevant to college success. The inventory provides an outstanding narrative feedback report that is perfect for in-class and online discussions. I use this inventory during the orientation to my courses. Then, as part of every course, I complement the survey with a brief module on the science of learning.
For further self-assessments that help students reflect on their college success, consider asking students to take an assessment of grit, mindset, and self-control. Review prior entries of this blog for even more learning resources to help students effectively learn.
My Favorite Media