On Course is full of experience-tested, research-based advice for graduate students and new teaching faculty. It provides a range of innovative and traditional strategies that work well without requiring extensive preparation or long grading sessions when trying to meet one's own demanding research and service requirements.
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"If you are looking for a [college teaching] job, get a headstart by buying and reading this book. If you already have one, your teaching still stands to gain much from it." (Times Higher Education Supplement)
Yes and no. I have already recommended the book to my fellow grad students, but I would caution them against purchasing this version. The Audible recording inexplicably omits the final two chapters, the list of resources, and the appendices. I found everything in the book helpful, so I can only imagine that these missing pieces would be interesting as well. The book itself gets a high rating, but Audible's representation of their product is misleading, and the decision to end the book where they do is baffling (not to mention stupid).
For an aspiring academic like me, James M. Lang's advice is invaluable. I will certainly come back to this book again when I start teaching, and I'd listen to any similar books that Mr. Lang publishes.
Drew Birdseye's narration is competent, but his mispronunciation of a few words, notably "pedagogy" which appears often, becomes grating. Based on this audiobook, I'd rate him as thoroughly average.
Drew Birdseye's intonation is off on a few words, and his pronunciation of pedagogy with a final hard "g" is like nails on a chalkboard.
I don't quite know how this book would receive the movie treatment, except as a how-to documentary, but yes, as an aspiring academic I would certainly watch it.
This book is listed as unabridged. And yet, the narrator constantly makes references to "resources listed below," references and citations that we never hear. This is part of a disturbing trend I've noticed in non-fiction audiobooks. Maybe audiobook publishers feel that listeners don't care about such details to the extent print readers do. Or maybe they somehow feel it's too challenging to integrate these elements into a book that, at the end of the day, they want to come across as entertaining and marketable. Whatever the case may be, the book is definitely abridged, and I feel I've missed something I would have gotten from a print version. I would be very eager to follow up on some of the recommendations for further reading that evidently accompany the print version, but sadly am unable to do so.
Excellently narrated! Jam packed full of great tips and advice! I only wish it came with a downloadable bibliography and perhaps some of the supplementary items mentioned (lists of ideas from the chapters). Now I have to buy a paper version - still good to have in the car and on the shelf!
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