Open Classrooms

February 6-17, 2017

When we ran Open Classrooms in the past, we had an overwhelming positive response from both faculty who visited classrooms and from the Open Classrooms hosts. Simply put, faculty learn best from their peers.

How it works

Faculty from across the university volunteer to open one or more of their classes to their peers. The CTE will post these class descriptions on this page and visitors then use our handy online sign-up sheet to visit a class. This is a great opportunity to share teaching practices and generate new ideas.

2016 Class Descriptions

Classes are listed alphabetically by faculty member.

  1. James Warren Boyd (Rhetoric & Language) Written and Oral Communication. This is our combined writing and public speaking class for freshman, the second semester of their year-long course.
  2. Candy Campbell (Nursing and Health Professions) Maternal-child clinical Simulation using pause/reflect. Clinical Simulation is exciting, experiential learning!
  3. Lisa De La Rue (Education: Counseling Psychology) Individual and Family Lifespan Development. Overview of theory and research on the psychological, biological, and social aspects of human growth and development across the lifespan, with attention to family development and dynamics. Relationship of developmental concepts to counseling strategies in school and family counseling.
  4. Sophie Engle (Arts & Sciences: Computer Science) Software Development and Data Visualization
  5. Cathy Gabor (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric and Language) NewMedia/YouMedia: Writing in Electronic Environments. This is a transfer seminar for students who have already taken at least one college writing class. The class is designed to push their thinking about the limits of authorship and writing spaces in the 21st century.
  6. Rebecca Gordon (Arts & Sciences: Philosophy) Ethics: Service Learning. This class combines teaching on theories of ethics and justice with community-based learning. Classroom techniques include discussions, small-group work, and occasional amateur theatrics.
  7. Monika Hudson (Management: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategy) Entrepreneurial Management. Capstone course in business undergraduate program. Family Business Practicum. Students complete field project associated with researching and developing a case study of two family businesses along a commercial corridor. A typical class session includes mini-lectures, class discussion, and activities. Oral, written, and digital texts are used in all classes."
  8. Jonathan Hunt (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric & Language) RHET 103: Public Speaking. This is the Public Speaking course required of USF students - it fulfills the University Core A1 requirement. The course is activity based; most class time is spent with students working on tasks related to preparing or delivering presentations.
  9. Alark Joshi (Arts & Sciences: Computer Science) Introduction to Computer Science I. An overview of the field of computing. I use Team-based learning in my classroom that requires students to do the reading before they come to class. I have a quiz for them at the beginning of the week on the reading and then we spend class time going over intermediate concepts, solving problems, and answering questions.
  10. EJ Jung (Arts & Sciences: Computer Science) Intro to Computer Science II. You don't have to stay for the whole time. You can come in anytime, but expect to see some time that students work on their own computers and I walk around. Computer Security and Privacy. You don't have to stay for the whole time, but I recommend you to stay at least for 50 minutes.
  11. Laurence Kamer (Arts & Sciences: Professional Communication) Crisis Communications. Communicators must have the ability to effectively manage the inevitable crisis. This class focuses on different approaches to planning for, leading through, and communicating in crisis. We draw on the fundamentals of critical thinking to help communicators better handle real-world problems, to see things from multiple perspectives, anticipate stakeholder needs, and challenge conventional wisdom.
  12. Brandi Lawless (Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies) International Conflict & Alliance Building. This course explores international/intercultural perspectives to conflict, intercultural conflict resolution, alliance building, and transforming intercultural relationships. The course is designed to increase your awareness of culture and communication as influenced by various contexts on local and international levels, to increase your understanding of how cultural differences affect conflict and peace building, to increase your ability to assess your own and others’ identities, and to try out and apply conflict management and alliance building strategies such as dialogue, peace circles, and (intra)community building.
  13. Tony Manzanetti (Management: Public Administration) Healthcare Law & Ethics. This course is conducted nearly entirely through Socratic dialogue. Very little lecture.
  14. Mathew Mitchell (Learning & Instruction: Educational Technology) Web Design Lab. The course is targeted at educators at any level. It focuses on how they can create their own professional website to connect and share with other educators.
  15. Bhavya Mohan (Management: Marketing) Principles of Marketing. This course examines the role of marketing in society and in the organization. It focuses on consumer behavior and the marketing mix (product, price, promotion and distribution). It emphasizes identifying and meeting consumer needs, developing effective marketing strategies and understanding how to apply these strategies in different situations.
  16. Marjolein Oele (Arts & Sciences : Philosophy) Topics in the History of Philosophy: Rethinking Time, Place, and Coexistence with Martin Heidegger and Peter Sloterdijk. In this seminar we will study the philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Peter Sloterdijk. Heidegger is famous for his focus on the meaning of being, and in his seminal work Being and Time Heidegger argues that being predominantly acquires meaning in light of our relationship to time and finitude. For this course, we will read excerpts from Heidegger’s Being and Time that center on being, anxiety, and finitude, and we will intensively study Heidegger’s lecture-course The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics which studies time in light of the mood of boredom. Our analysis of Heidegger will be followed by a discussion of two volumes of Peter Sloterdijk’s recent Spherology: Part I Bubbles, and Part III, Foam. In these books, Sloterdijk appropriates and critiques Heidegger’s philosophy, ultimately reorienting the philosophical discussion towards place,context, and shared sphere. Sloterdijk’s innovative writings will bring us an account of spheres that emphasizes our envelopment in spatial constellations where we are never alone. Thus his analysis ranges from discussions of intimate microspheres (such as that shared between child and placenta during pregnancy) to interpretations of social foams within which we are both isolated and connected to others.
  17. Francesca Rivera (Arts & Sciences: Performing Arts/LAS) Music and Social Protest. Any of the three days would be open to guests but depending on what classroom management strategies people are looking for: Monday is my lecturing day, Wednesdays are student-facilitated discussion day, Friday is our performance lab day. Course description: Musicians and activists use collective singing as a tool to empower people. In this class, students participate in a historical survey/lecture component, where we learn specific examples from US and Latin America when music has been used as a vehicle for social change, and apply the skills in action through a performance lab component. No prior musical experience required to take this class.
  18. Sumer Seiki (Education: Teacher Education) Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Elementary School Science. This course focuses on a variety of pedagogical knowledge and skills applied to teaching in California’s diverse elementary classrooms. Emphasis is placed on what constitutes effective teaching and assessment practices with a social justice lens and focus. Candidates will focus on research-based instructional approaches, materials, and media appropriate for planning and delivering content specific instruction in science to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
  19. Mehrnoush Shahhosseini (Management: Finance) Principles of Finance.
  20. Allison Thorson (Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies) Dark Side of Family / Interpersonal Communication.
  21. Laureen Turner (Nursing and Health Professions)
    • Women’s Health 2/6: ”Bloody Business” - We explore the components of a complete blood count (4 Square, Poll Everywhere, Case study, Quiz in Canvas) and 2/13: “Contagion” - We explore lab tests related to infection (Kahoot it, Around the World (CAT), Quiz in Canvas)
    • Diagnostic Testing 2/10: “Newborn Assessment - Is this normal” (Poll Everywhere, Four Square (CAT), One Minute Teaching, Hands on Assessment, Lecture with hands on) and 2/17: “Labor and Delivery” Lecture with poll everywhere.
  22. John Zarobell (Arts & Sciences: International Studies) World Since 1945. February 7: The Non-Aligned Movement. February 14: Bretton Woods (the IMF and the World Bank)