The BCcampus Online Book Club is a community-driven project by a group of volunteer post-secondary educators interested in opportunities to connect with colleagues on topics of professional interest in teaching and learning.  The guidelines for this book club will be that it be open, informal, and fun—an easy way for participants to share ideas and strategies and take what we learn to practice.

Our first reading selection is  “How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching” by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer.

The following is a suggested framework for the book club; however, activities are at the discretion of each Chapter facilitator.

  • A series of blog posts, one per Chapter/topic: Posts will feature reading highlights, learning “prompts”, things to think about and discuss. Subscribers to the https://bccampusbookclubonline.wordpress.com will get notification of new posts. (The subscribe or “Follow” button is located at the bottom of the home page)
  • A weekly web conference chat:  Chats or book club meetups of up to 1 hour will be held in a dedicated Blue Jeans web conference room provided by BCcampus (or Zoom where noted.) 
  • A weekly activity and/ or participant challenge:  Participants are encouraged to share how they are applying what they’ve learned in their teaching. Ideas may be posted in the book club blog site or via social media and tagged #BookClubBC.
  • Prizes: As a fun incentive, book club participants who share how they are applying or planning to apply a principle from “How Learning Works” will have their name submitted for a Chapter draw prize for a $25 CDN gift card from Chapters-Indigo. There will be 7 draw prizes, one per chapter/topic. See Prize draw rules. 


The Book Club will begin on Monday, September 10th and finish on November 12th, 2018.  The first web conference meeting will take place Friday September 14th.

One chapter will be covered each week with two reading breaks (week of September 24 and October 15) incorporated in the schedule to allow for “catch up” and reflection. Here is the book club schedule of meeting and activities.

Blog Post Chapter Topic Facilitator Web  Chat (Fridays 10 AM PST) Prize Draw

Date (share by 9 AM PST)

Sept 10 1 Prior Knowledge Leva Sept 14 Sept 17
Sept 17 2 Organization of Knowledge Lucas Sept 21 Sept 24
Sept 24 Reading Break
Oct 1 3 Motivation Giulia Oct 5 Oct 8
Oct 8 4 Mastery Keith Oct 12 Oct 15
Oct 15 Reading Break
Oct 22 5 Practice/Feedback Janine Oct 26 Oct 29
Oct 29 6 Student Development and Course climate Laura Nov 2 Nov 5
Nov 5 7 Students as Self-directed Learners Peter Nov 9 Nov 12



  1. Is there a fee to be a member of the BCampus Online Book Club? No, it is free and open to all who interested in learning about teaching and learning.
  2. Do I need to register to participate in this offering? No, registration is not necessary but we strongly encourage you to subscribe or follow the blog to receive notification of new content.  Click on the “Follow” button at the bottom of the home page.
  3. What if I can’t attend every web meeting? Can I still participate? This micro-learning offering is to help connect people, their ideas and interests in conversations on teaching and learning. Feel free to participate, as much or as little as you wish.

If you have further questions, please contact ltet@bccampus.ca. This learning opportunity is supported by BCcampus.