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Readings in Support of Faculty Development

At WISR, faculty meet monthly to discuss institutional development efforts, and to discuss ways to further develop and refine WISR’s curriculum and the faculty practice of the learner-centered methods, both online and at a distance and also on site, that are central to WISR’s mission.  To support continued faculty development–through reading, reflection and dialogue, WISR faculty are able to access currently featured readings on this page, as well as an archive of relevant readings on learner-centered education, the use of technology to support online and digital learning, current events and issues in higher education, and the role of higher education in social change, among other topics of importance to WISR faculty in continuing their development. WISR is greatly indebted to our beloved faculty member, the late Michael McAvoy, for beginning this valuable list of resources several years ago.

Featured Readings and Resources

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Jack, Anthony Abraham.  The Privileged Poor: How Elite College are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Harvard University Press, 2019.

Aspiring Adults Adrift:  Tentative Transitions of College Graduates.  Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. University of Chicago, 2014


DEAC Accreditation Handbook: https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2018-DEAC-Accreditation-Handbook.pdf

Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators:  https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Copyright_Law_for_Librarians_and_Educators_chap_8_Crews_2012.pdf

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching:  https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/national-standards-for-quality-online-teaching-v2_iNACOL.pdf

New Models for Educational Materials:   https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/New-Models-for-Educational-Materials-Booklet-JKv5.pdf

The Next Generation Digital Learning Environment:  https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/NGDLE_2015.pdf

Five Steps to Evaluate and Select an LMS:  https://www.wisr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/The_xAPI_and_the_LMS_-What_Does_the_Future_Hold_Foreman.pdf


“Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. Grounded as it is on brain research and extensive research into how people learn self-determined learning is particularly popular among those interested in innovative approaches to learning. This edited book is the perfect primer on self-determined learning or heutagogy. It consists of an introductory chapter explaining the main concepts and principles of this exciting approach to educational practice. This is followed by 16 chapters describing the experience of practitioners in using the approach. These experiences come from a wide variety of interests including school education, higher education, workplace learning, consulting, lifelong learning, training, and community education. Full of links to resources, curated sites,and discussion forums, this is a valuable ‘how to’ book for the interested practitioner and theoretician alike.”



Shabani, K. (2010). Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development: Instructional implications and teachers’ professional development (p. 238). English Language Teaching. Vol 3, No. 4.  [  https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1081990.pdf ]

Dreyfus, S. (2004). The five stage model of adult skill acquisition (pp. 177-181). Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 24, No. 3. [ http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0270467604264992  ]

Dreyfus, H. & Dreyfus, S. (2016). From socrates to expert systems:  The limits of calculative rationality. In H. L. Dreyfus & (Ed.) M. A. Wrathall. Skillful coping: Essays on the phenomenology of everyday perception and action. (pp. 25-46). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [also available online as original 1985 paper: http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/users/reingold/courses/ai/cache/Socrates.html ]

Benner, P. (1984).  From Novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Reading, MA:  Addison Wesley [excerpt of pp. 13-34 available online: http://web.sonoma.edu/users/v/vandevee/312/benner

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