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Classroom Minutes and Syllabus Design

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  1. I face this dilemma as a casebook author. I wrote the book based on what I knew: 28 classes of 75 minutes each. But this semester, I’m teaching the same course as 13 classes of 120 minutes and 13 classes of 55 minutes. Meanwhile, I had a colleague ask the quite reasonable question of how to pare the book down to be suitable for a seminar format meeting once a week for 2 credits rather than twice for 3. That pretty much shredded my ideas about having only self-contained units. Modularity is a virtue, but at the same time, there’s a real value in having a class session cohere, with the different materials reinforcing each other.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    I just wish I knew enough about teaching to be able to plan adequately for my one class format — my hat’s off to both you and Jim!

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