Summer is a time to relax, maybe take a little vacation, read for fun, and spend more time with the kids (or the dogs, or the cat, or all 3). It’s also a time to finish that book, submit that article, and prep for fall semester. And heck, maybe even teach a class.

Okay, so summer is busy and not as relaxing as we’d like. But, that won’t stop me from sharing some ideas to help you keep on learning this summer! In this post I share my favorite podcasts and some options for on-demand webinars.  And, if you’ve just had too much of mysteries and romances, I’ve provided a summer reading list!


Teaching in Higher Ed

This is a great podcast focused on higher ed and includes general topics and discipline specific topics. From assessment to trauma informed teaching, this podcast is a must listen!

Tea for Teaching

I love this podcast! The hosts cover topics on course design, inclusion, and teaching strategies with each podcast lasting about 45 minutes.

Cult of Pedagogy

There's something for everyone here with podcasts on assessment, classroom management, supporting diverse students, and course design. Some episodes are about an hour and some only 20 minutes, but each one has practical strategies that you can use immediately. There is a K-12 focus, but many topics are applicable to college classrooms.

Leading Equity Podcast

This podcast focuses equity and inclusion in schools and provides tools and resources to support this work. While the focus in on K-12 the advice is relevant for higher ed. Topics range from classroom practice to supporting diverse student identities.


CETL Webinar Library

The CETL Webinar Library provides access to previously delivered CETL workshops and the workshop materials including handouts and readings.

Magna 20-Minute Mentor

As the name implies, there are hundreds of 20-minute webinars in the Magna 20-Minute Mentor Commons. They provide actionable insights in highly focused presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Topics include assessment, engaging students, grading tips, online learning, equity and inclusion, and more. As a UNC employee you have free access to 20-Minute Mentor

Linked-In Learning

Linked-in Learning provides video-based and on-demand professional development on various teaching topics. Hint: search “teaching in higher education”.  As a UNC employee you have free access to Linked-in Learning.

Cult of Pedagogy Videos

CoP has videos too; you can find them on Youtube! The three video topics are Instruction, Classroom Management, and Advice for Teachers. These are short 5 –15-minute videos providing advice and strategies for teachers on assessment, class discussions, and more!


Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., Pietro, M., Lovett, M. C., Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. Jossey-Bass.

Burgstahler, S. E. & Young, M. K. (2015). Universal design in higher education: From principles to practice. Harvard Education Press.

Gay, G. (2018). Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, research, and practice. Teachers College Press.

Ginsberg, M. B. & Wlodkowski, R.J. (2009). Diversity and motivation: Culturally responsive teaching in college. Jossey-Bass.

Hammond, Z. (2015). Culturally Responsive Teaching and the brain: Promoting authentic engagement and rigor among linguistically diverse students. Corwin.

Jabbar, A. & Hardaker, G. (2013). The role of culturally responsive teaching for supporting ethnic diversity in British university business schools. Teaching in Higher Education. 18(3), 272-284.

Lang, J. (2016). Small teaching: Everyday lessons from the science of learning. Jossey-Bass.

Martin, G. A. & Double, J. M. (1998). Developing higher education teaching skills through peer observation and collaborative reflection. Innovations in Education & Training International, 3(2), 161-170. 

Tobin, T. J. & Behling, K. R. (2018). Reach everyone, teach everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. West Virginia University Press.