Elizabeth and Claire initially met in the early 2000s when K. Patricia Cross, a distinguished administrator, researcher, and teacher, suggested that we three had a particular set of talents and should work together. That connection resulted in the publication of our first book together: Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. Elizabeth followed this with Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty and several music history and literature textbooks. Claire went on to publish several books focused on qualitative research in the social sciences. Meanwhile, we both made presentations related to teaching and learning at college campuses and conferences around the country.
We three reconnected with the 2nd edition of our collaborative learning book, and then, with Pat’s encouragement, Elizabeth and Claire developed a new book titled Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. We dedicated this book to Pat along with Tom Angelo for their seminal work on Classroom Assessment Techniques, and to Dee Fink, a colleague and friend whose work provides a conceptual underpinning for the book, as well as to David Brightman, our editor and friend.
We are currently working on the fourth book in what is now known as Jossey-Bass’s College Teaching Techniques series. This new book focuses on reconceptualizing lectures as an active learning technique. Its title is Active Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, and it is scheduled for publication early 2018.
While writing, Elizabeth and Claire continue to spend considerable time consulting with various colleges and universities around the country. As we continued to write together, we also decided to formalize and extend our professional development partnership, and so we formed Faculty2Faculty. Ted joined us to help with the legal and business aspects of the endeavor.