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Establishing Course Norms

Establishing Course Norms

Short exercise to use at the beginning of each semester with a new class to help establish class norms. It is a structured way to get students to buy into class rules in various areas, such as the use of technology, how fellow students should be treated, etc. 

Students explain what teachers have done in their best and worst classes and discuss. Then the tables are turned and students have to discuss what students do in the best and...

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Heather Ulrich
Heather Ulrich (Staff)
51 weeks ago
This is an interesting activity! Coming from the perspective of a Learning Designer working on online programs, I can see this sort of activity have a positive impact on both the students (recognizing their own responsibility in learning, as Ben mentioned) and the faculty (potentially reflecting on their own teaching style). I will be adding to this our toolkit of recommended activities!
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Ben Malczyk
Ben Malczyk (Faculty)
6 years ago

I have used this exercise multiple times. Students seem to enjoy the chance to share about their worst classes-- the horror stories. When they get asked what students do in the best and worst classes they almost always have that Aha! moment and realize that they too have some responsibility in the learning process. 

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