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The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching


Published in April 2015, this book was written by members of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers - the only system-wide academy of teaching excellence in America. Each short chapter offers expert teaching tips and thoughtful reflections on classroom learning. To learn more about this publication, listen to the KERA Think interview with Drs. Brent Iverson and John Sibert.

The Academy provides the eight UT academic institutions with copies of the The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching for new faculty orientation each fall semester.

  • eBook - In March 2019, the Academy published a digital version of The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching for free, making this text available to all new instructors at a UT academic institution. This eBook is now available for download as an iBook in the Apple Bookstore via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-little-orange-book/id1455425472?ls=1&mt=11
    • The Academy is in the process of publishing another digital version of The Little Orange Book on Google Books tentatively scheduled for publication during late 2019.
  • Hardcover - Click the link to purchase a hardcover copy of The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Teaching.

 

The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching

The Academy is currently editing its second book, The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching, which will feature UT System students' perspectives on what makes a teacher excellent. The publication date for this book is tentatively set for Fall 2019. For more information, please contact wrose@utsystem.edu.

 

LOBlog

In addition to its book projects, the Academy launched a blog on October 2018, which features written pieces on best practices in teaching penned by both Academy Fellows and guest writers from across UT System. Check out our blog here.

 

Little Orange Podcast

Similar to the blog project, the Academy has been producing a podcast, featuring its members' advice on teaching excellence. The Little Orange Podcast is tentatively set to launch in Fall 2019.

 

UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers Induction Ceremony

A recurring initiative, the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers inducts new members each April. Learn more about becoming a member here.

 

ROTA Teaching Forum

Each August, the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers hosts a teaching forum for recipients of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA) from UT academic institutions. Discussions range from sharing best practices on teaching and designing assignments to creating student-centered classroom environments.