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Summer Reading

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You’ve made it! Summer 2022 is right around the corner. While summer is a great time for rest and reflection, it can also be a great time to delve into books, podcasts and recorded webinars centering on quality teaching and learning. Most of the resources available can be applied in any teaching setting, regardless of mode.

Here’s a roundup that The Office of Online Learning recommends.

Dr. Barbara Oakley was interviewed on the Ed Surge podcast recently on the topic of inclusive teaching. Some of you may recall that Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, and neuroscience researcher, was the keynote speaker at the SUNY CIT Conference in 2018.  

Dr. Oakley’s recent interview on the topic of Students Have Different Thinking Speeds and Styles: Inclusive Teaching Means Realizing That is a nice introduction to her two new MOOCs: Uncommon Sense Teaching Mooc and Uncommon Sense Teaching Part 2 Mooc.

Dr. Oakley’s new book, UnCommon Sense Teaching was published in June 2021.

Flower Darby is an Educator, Author and Speaker. Her book, Small Teaching Online  which outlines practical and feasible applications of theoretical principles to help your online students learn was published in June 2019. Did you catch Flower Darby giving a presentation at the SUNY Online Summit 2022?  You can watch the recording of her presentation The Spark of Online Learning: How Technology and Emotion Science Ignite Engagement In Every Class, recorded on March 4, 2022. Flower engaged the audience in an insightful conversation while also offering practical strategies that can be directly applied in courses, regardless of mode.

Another excellent SUNY Online Summit 2022 presenter was Dr. Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly is a Lecturer in Education at San Francisco State University and he is the author of Advancing Online Teaching, published in December 2020. You can watch the recording of his presentation (Re)Designing Equitable Online Assignments, From Back to Front, recorded at the SUNY Online Summit on March 3, 2022.

Dr. Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University, and the author of Radical Hope

You can also catch Kevin Gannon as he serves as the closing speaker at the 2022 SUNY CIT Conference. There is a fully virtual option so you can tune in from anywhere!  Registration for the CIT Conference is open until May 22, 2022.

Let us know if any of these resources intrigued you and what you plan to integrate into your practice! We’d love to hear from you.  Send an email to to share your thoughts, ask a question or make a recommendation for a future blog post.

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