A class period is highly valuable time for scholarly discussion—yet very often it becomes an occasion for the mere transmission of information instead.
This often occurs because faculty members feel that such deep discussions are not possible because students do not have the knowledge and basic understanding required to take part in them, and so class time is used to prepare them for such discussions by giving them what faculty members think they need. But then the time for deep discussions gets squeezed out.
There are strategies that will result in students coming to class having done some prior preparation for it. The recent popularity of flipped classrooms is just the latest technology-based technique for addressing this old problem, substituting video for textual materials. But there are others.
Join the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) for a discussion of possible strategies on Thursday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Memorial Medical Library Building (at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road). Use the Adelbert Road doors.
Pizza, sodas and water will be provided at this session. To help estimate the amount to order, email email@example.com to RSVP.