2014-2015 Reading Circle:

Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice

by Maryellen Weimer 

Publisher's Description

In this new edition of the classic work, one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching offers a comprehensive introduction to the topic of learner-centered teaching in the college and university classroom, including the most up-to-date examples of practice in action from a variety of disciplines, an entirely new chapter on the research support for learner-centered approaches, and a more in-depth discussion of how students' developmental issues impact the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching. Learner-Centered Teaching shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.

Why Learner-Centered Teaching?

There is a strong record of research published by the American Psychological Association (and others) to support learner-centered approaches instead of instructor-centered approaches to teaching.  When the focus of instruction is on increasing student learning, research shows that both student learning and college retention rates increase.

Media Links:

Abbreviated Review of Learner-Centered Teaching

Full Review (available via UWC Library Access)

The Teaching Professor (edited by Maryellen Weimer)

About the Author

Maryellen Weimer is a well-known writer, speaker, and proponent of effective teaching practices with more than thirty-five years of experience. She was the director of the Instructional Development Program at Pennsylvania State University for ten years and served as associate director at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The editor of The Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching, Weimer is also the author of numerous books, including Inspired College Teaching and Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning.


  • January 2015: This year's book is announced. VTLC Advisory Committee campus representatives will coordinate participants on their campuses.
  • January 2015: VTLC Advisory Committee campus representatives will distribute copies of the book to participants.
  • Early spring semester, 2015: VTLC Reading Circle activities online and on campuses will begin.

Questions for Reflective Practice

Please feel free to use these questions for reflective practice as you read and discuss the book.  Enjoy the discussion and reflection!