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Discussions, Round Two

Since my last post, several things have happened.  My students finished their first round of discussions, so everyone has tried their hand at facilitating.  It went reasonably well, although I'm changing some small things to make the next round better.  I also had...

Thinking of IF in other ways…

My freshman class continued using the IF process this week, though the focus is shifting. They have begun to discuss what/how to share what they have learned about "the value of higher education" with a younger student audience.  I asked them to think about what...

What my freshmen think about the IF Process…

This week I asked my freshman class to continue discussing "the public value of higher education."  I told them to focus on their college experience to present -- activities they had attended (required by the University) & courses in general: "What were they...

How can I better guide a freshman class?

This week my class met again to continue the discussion about the "public value of higher ed". I was somewhat distressed because most groups had not posted their summary reports despite several reminders (and threats!) In class I learned that all groups had posted...

IF [in] my Freshman Seminar works…

Thanks, Michael, for your postings. I read them and enjoyed them, and have decided to follow your lead. I had my first IF discussion session last Wednesday. My class is a Freshman Seminar with 24 students. I met them two weeks ago, but decided to wait before I...

Day One

Hi everyone, Back in that first week of August, when it seemed we all the time in the world to reflect on our teaching, our courses, and the IF process, I volunteered to blog weekly about my Fall course.  The reality of the semester has hit, but it looks like...