ATLE Library


The Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) is proud to announce the launch of a new faculty resource: the ATLE Library. Beginning this semester, we give you access to a great selection of education-themed books, which you can borrow for up to 3 months at a time. We will even provide delivery to a location convenient for you on the UA Little Rock campus.

Using the ATLE Library is free. All books are available to view and borrow online via the ATLE Library Portal.

James M. Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016)

The Small Teaching movement began in 2016, when this unassuming book, Small Teaching, Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, made a simple argument to college faculty: a growing body of research on human learning was pointing us to small, manageable changes we could make to our teaching that would have a significant positive impact on student learning. Since its publication in 2016, higher education faculty around the world have embraced its message of empowerment and hope, and used its theoretically grounded, highly practical recommendations to spark ongoing change for their students.

The book makes its case for small teaching changes by introducing nine learning strategies that have been demonstrated as highly effective for college and secondary students in the research literature. Each chapter introduces one of those strategies with an engaging, personal narrative or example from the author’s life or classroom; offers an easy-to-read theoretical overview of its mechanics; and then provides multiple practical examples of how that principle could be implemented in practical, easy-to-implement strategies for course design and classroom practice.