Open Classrooms | Feb. 4-15, 2019

The annual Open Classrooms program generates an overwhelmingly positive response from both faculty who visit 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.

Sign up to Visit an Open Classroom

Sign-ups open Jan. 30th
Open classrooms use a sign-up sheet with limited spaces available. If a class is full, please email the CTE to be added to a waitlist and we will be in touch.

Open Classroom Sign-Up

Open Classrooms 2019: Class Descriptions

Seminar in Western Art Music
Alexandra Amati (Arts & Sciences: Performing Arts)
A seminar for upper division music majors about western art music, seminar style, discussion and score study.

Modern African History
Chase Arnold (Arts & Sciences: History)

Rhet 310 Bus and Tech Writing
Roberta D'Alois (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric and Language)
This class focuses on business and professional writing and is geared for management students, but in truth many students in arts and sciences choose it. Both sections are comprised primarily of international students, many from China. In my past experience the students in this class love visitors!

NewMedia/YouMedia: Writing in Electronic Environments
Cathy Gabor (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric and Language)
On this day, the class will collaborate to establish grading criteria for the current assignment. This helps clarify expectations and engender student buy-in.

Written Communication II (RHET 120)
Jonathan Hunt (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric and Language)
This a required writing class that fulfills the Core A2 requirement (Written Communication). The class is activity-based: students do a lot of individual and group work during class. Visitors are invited to participate in activities.

Human Rights Education: Pedagogy & Praxis
Susan Katz (Education: International & Multicultural Education)
This is a highly interactive course where we focus on two different case studies of human rights issues (mass incarceration in the US and displacement due to armed conflict in Colombia) and examine pedagogical approaches towards teaching this content. In particular, we collaborate with Voice of Witness to explore the use of oral history as a powerful methodology for human rights education.

TEC 621 Early Literacy
Helen Maniates (Education: Teacher Education)
In this course, teacher education candidates learn to teach beginning reading (grades PK-3) from a developmental, technical and sociocultural perspective. The course covers comprehension, emergent literacy, phonics, fluency, writing, and vocabulary instruction as well as classroom practices, children's literature reflecting diversity and reading assessment of children's assets and next steps.

Cognitive Psychology
Mathew Mitchell (Education: Learning and Instruction)
Doctoral level course that explores cognition research into learning strategies. Most of the student content-delivery is done outside of class (via audio, video, readings) and the classroom experience focuses more on active learning approaches for diving deeper into the content.

Written and Oral Communication II, Rhet 131
Michael Rozendal (Arts & Sciences: Rhetoric and Language)
In this class, we are building toward brief Pecha Kucha speeches, visually intensive talks. We will be considering some of the ethics of images, hear a speech from a former student, visually pitch the topics for their speeches, and dig into a way to reimagine visuals.

Communication and Everyday Life
Allison Thorson (Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies)