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CTE Seminar: Under the Bigtop: What to Do with the Large Lecture, 11:00-12;15

Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room 511
Aug 31, 2010
In this seminar we will pool our wisdom and share our experience when it comes to playing ringmaster in a large lecture course, whether for a crowd numbering 80 or one of 300. David Miller will start off with a brief PowerPoint presentation and accompanying set of pithy maxims based on his own experience in English 283, a course that typically enrolls 150 non-majors and that has proven over the years to be a graveyard for instructor evaluations. He’ll talk about strategies he employed to bring his ratings back from the dead (without pretending that student evaluations measure anyone's learning but his own), and will explain the thinking behind those strategies. This presentation will serve as the lead-in to a collective brainstorming session in which the group will devise brilliant and infallible solutions to each and every one of the challenges facing instructors who are foolish or unlucky enough to end up running a three-ring circus. Join us! Please RSVP for this event by email cte@sc.edu, phone 803-777-8322, or online http://www.sc.edu/cte/davidmiller/. More information