U-CLaSS: “In Search of the Perfect Classroom” (Nov 7, 2017)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017. 5:30-6:30pm, Chadbourne Main Lounge


What makes for a great classroom experience!

  • Opportunities to participate
  • Classroom is inclusive
  • Content is relevant and applicable
  • Regular feedback
  • Getting course feedback from students during the semester
  • Course and course work is presented efficiently (organized)
  • Opportunities for hands-on experience with the content
  • Content includes real-world examples

Traits of instructors in the great classroom:

  • Energetic
  • Open-minded
  • Respectful
  • Creative
  • Thought provoking
  • Casual
  • Caring
  • They realize that students aren’t experts

Things that do not make for a great classroom experience:

  • Overpriced textbooks
  • Pacing, (too slow or too fast)
  • Hard to read pdf’s and other scanned material
  • Power points that are not updated
  • Exams that are not appropriate for course content
  • Oversharing of personal information

Instructor traits in a not great classroom experience:

  • Judgmental
  • Boring
  • Outdated
  • Disinterested
  • Stale