It can be difficult to know how to calibrate a course before the semester begins, as the group dynamic combinations of any given class cohort are infinite. As mid-term approaches, it may be time to take stock. Are things going as you planned? Did you schedule too much reading? Have you omitted something important from the course schedule? Are class discussions leading the group’s interest in a different direction than you had anticipated? Has an experiential opportunity come up that you would love to work into the schedule? Are the students not absorbing the material at the pace you had anticipated? A frank assessment of the “state of the class” at mid-term can lead to schedule changes that help students reach the goals you want.

At the next University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) session, Barbara Burgess-Van Aken, a lecture in the Department of English, will lead a workshop on how to assess and re-tool your course design and schedule at mid-term time.

The session will focus on revisiting key course goals as a basis for re-prioritizing assignments and class activities. This is a hands-on workshop; attendees should bring their syllabus and be prepared to share their experiences and ideas.

This UCITE session will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in the Allen Memorial Medical Library’s Herrick Room.

A pizza lunch will be provided at the session.

Those who plan to attend should RSVP to