The Applied Learning Library

The Applied Learning Library

Applied Learning can be a daunting subject at times. Whether you're still learning about the concept, trying to implement it into your classroom, or just looking for ides for your next project, our Applied Learning Library can help. We've gathered a collection of books and articles that can help you through the process of applied learning no matter where you are along the way, and if you're interested we've also listed the Upcoming Book Circles that the Center for Teaching Excellence will be hosting in the coming semester! We're always finding new Applied Learning resources, so check back here often!

Applied Learning Books and Journals

Applied Learning Teaching Techniques
  • Brookfield, Stephen. Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
  • Barkley, Elizabeth F., K Patricia Cross, and Claire Howell Major. Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Finkel, Donald L. Teaching with Your Mouth Shut. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2000.
  • Heppner, Frank H. Teaching the Large College Class: A Guidebook for Instructors with Multitudes. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007.
  • Barkley, Elizabeth F. Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
  • Johnson, LouAnne. Teaching outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brains. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
  • Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. Rev. and Updated ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2013.
  • Timpson, William M. 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Sustainability: Connecting the Environment, the Economy, and Society. Madison, Wis.: Atwood Pub., 2006.
  • Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Ambrose, Susan A. How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
  • Bellanca, James, and Ron Brandt. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2010.
  • Jarvis, Peter, and John Holford. The Theory & Practice of Learning. 2nd ed. London: Kogan Page, 2003.
  • Weimer, Maryellen. Learner-centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice. Second ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2013.
Applied Learning and Assessment
  • Huba, Mary E., and Jann E. Freed. Learner-centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.
  • Angelo, Thomas A., and K. Patricia Cross. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. Second ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1993.
  • Comeaux, Patricia. Assessing Online Learning. Bolton, MA: Anker Pub., 2005.
Utilizing Active Response Technology
  • Bruff, Derek. Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Applied Learning Online
  • Palloff, Rena M., and Keith Pratt. Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2001.
  • Palloff, Rena M., and Keith Pratt. Building Online Learning Communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom.San Francisco, CA: Josey-Bass, 2007.
  • Finkelstein, Jonathan E. Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
  • Comeaux, Patricia. Assessing Online Learning. Bolton, MA: Anker Pub., 2005.
Articles and other Resources
  • Smith, K.: "Empowering School- and University-Based Teacher Educators as Assessors: A school - university cooperation." Educational Research and Evaluation. Vol. 13, No. 3, June 2007.
  • Kardash, C.M..: "Evaluation of an Undergraduate Research Experience:
    Perceptions of Undergraduate Interns and Their Faculty Mentors." Journal of Educational Psychology. Vol. 92, No. 1, 2000.
  • AACU Peer Review Article (O'Neill, N. 2010): "Internships as a High-Impact Practice: Some Reflections on Quality."
  • AACU Peer Review Article (Gavigan, L. 2010): "Connecting the Classroom with Real-World Experiences through Summer Internships."
  • California Department of Education, 1995: Superintendent's Challenge Initiative: "Applied Learning Standards: Draft Interim Content and Performance Standards.(PDF)
  • Lumina Foundation: "The Degree Qualifications Profile." (PDF)
  • AAUP: "Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality."
  • AAC&U Report on Greater Expectations, 2002.

CTE's Spring '15 Book Circles

The Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting a number of book circles in the spring and now there are more opportunities to attend meetings than ever! With two regular meeting options every week and an additional online book circle environment, there are plenty of ways to enrich your reading and discuss these excellent titles. Be sure to attend their Book Circle Kick-off and Open House on Thursday, January 15th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in CTE, Randall Library room 2038. For more information on CTE's book circles, contact Diana Ashe ( or Michele Parker (

  • Here comes Everybody by Clay Shirkey
  • My Freshman Year* by Rebekah Nathan
  • Mastering Respectful Confrontation by Joe Weston
  • Teaching at its Best by Linda B. Nilson
  • Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer
  • Grant-Seeking in Higher Education by Mary M. Licklider

ALTC New Faculty Book Circle

In partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Applied Learning Teaching Community is happy to announce a book circle for New Faculty this spring. For more information, please contact Jill Waity at

  • Engaging Ideas, 2nd Edition by John Bean