Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning


An Event of the Diversity Teaching Workshop Series

Date:  Friday, September 15, 2017
Time:  2:15PM to 4:00PM
Location:  Commonwealth Honors College, Events Hall

Research from the learning sciences and from a variety of educational settings suggests that a small number of key principles can improve learning in almost any type of college or university course, from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms. This interactive workshop will introduce some of those principles, offer practical suggestions for how they might foster positive change in higher education teaching and learning, and guide faculty participants to consider how these principles might manifest themselves in their current and upcoming courses.

This event is part of the Diversity Teaching Workshop Series offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD), with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Chancellor, the Commonwealth Honors College, the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Presenter Bio

James M. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he teaches courses in British literature and in creative nonfiction writing. For the past decade Lang’s writing has focused primarily on teaching and learning in higher education, including his four most recent books: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard UP, 2013); On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008); and Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year (Johns Hopkins UP, 2005). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education and has also published arguments or reflections on various aspects of higher education, from cheating to the high cost of a college education, in a range of newspapers and magazines, including Time, The Boston Globe, and Notre Dame Magazine. He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for the University of West Virginia Press. He has delivered public lectures and faculty workshops at more than fifty colleges or universities in the United States and abroad. His website is