Below is the text-only version of the June & July version of the Faculty Commons Newsletter (what we are now calling the Beach Reading edition).


School’s out for the summer, and Faculty Commons has your reading list covered. Whether you want to catch up on what you missed from SIT, discover a teaching and learning beach-read, or get hooked on some new pedagogy blogs, this issue has something for everyone. Our regular content will return in August with our pre-semester, gear-up issue.

Our summer reading list

We’ve come up with our top picks for books worth checking out this summer if you are interested in

  • understanding how and why students learn,
  • helping students have effective discussions about difficult topics,
  • understanding how traditional undergrads develop during their college years,
  • and revamping humanities survey courses.

Check out our recommendations for your beach-side reading.

Blogs & podcasts we love (that you will too)

Looking for a new blog to follow or podcast to listen to on a long car trip?

Look no further! We have rounded up our personal favorites that we hope you get hooked on too.

Check out our list.

Summer teaching to do list

Has “summer brain” taken over yet?

If so, never fear, Faculty Commons is here with a brand new list of to do items to keep you and your summer on track for a productive school year.

Don’t forget to add these tasks to your to do list.

Lessons from the Summer Institute on Teaching

The seats at this year’s summer institute filled up fast! If you missed the chance to join us this year you can do two things right now.

  1. Save the date for SIT 2019; June 5th through 6th.
  2. Check out some of the lessons learned and takeaways from some of SIT’s most popular sessions. (And check out our “SIT by the numbers” infographic!)

You can also review session materials in this shared folder.

Transition to Canvas (T2C) Summer Tour

Just one week left of the T2C Summer College Campus Tour! If you need to migrate your courses from Sakai to Canvas (or if you just have a question about Canvas) stop by one of the upcoming locations on the tour for hands-on help!

Find out where the Transition team will be July 17th through 19th.

116 Pearson re-opens August 1

In a few short weeks we will be back in our usual home with a brand new air conditioning unit (perfect for this 90-degree weather we’ve been having).

In the mean time, you can find us on the third floor of Pearson Hall.

Interested in using UD’s online testing center?

Have you considered using UD’s online testing center for your course?

Find out how you and your students can use the testing center in your course.

Don’t forget to submit your Canvas course requests

Fall semester is approaching–why not get a head start on building your Canvas course?

Here’s how to build your Canvas course in just a few clicks.

Stay tuned!

The UD Library Museums and Press website will be getting a major makeover later this month! Check it out and stay tuned for sessions on integrating the library site and its many resources into your course at KCTO this August!

Featured Resource: Library workshops

Everyone loves to pick up pro tips that can help improve their research and teaching, but the hectic semester makes that a little tough.

Not to worry!

The library has recorded some of its most popular workshops and the summer is a perfect time to catch up!


T2C Workshops

To help support you during the transition from Sakai to Canvas, the T2C Team is offering workshops throughout the summer. These workshops cover everything from migrating your content to using specific Canvas tools.

The Migration Tool is now available! Visit to learn more about how to use this tool.

Keep Calm & Teach On

August 13th through 21st

KCTO is a series of just-in-time sessions delving into more than 30 topics, all designed to help you prepare for the upcoming semester. Session topics include: getting the most out of Canvas, assessment class activities, advisement, and integrating career development into your curriculum.

Check the KCTO website for schedules and registration.

Teaching Assistant Orientation

August 20th

Transitioning into the role of a new Graduate Teaching Assistant can often create feelings of uncertainty.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, hosted by our partner the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning, is designed to ease this transition by providing incoming graduate TAs with necessary information about what to expect.

Let your TA’s know about this great training opportunity!


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