Structuring Class Time with Variety

It is easy for classes to become boring. You can avoid this through a variety of methods, but one would be to plan for the flow of the class period so that the same teaching approach is not being used continuously.

For instance, a 60-minute class period can be broken up into three parts. The professor can lecture during the first part, the students participate in some kind of activity or discussion for the second part, and a summary or preparation for a project can take place during the third part.

For a critique, the first half of the class period can be spent by having small groups creating written evaluations of other students’ work, while the last half of the period can be spent addressing any questions or specific feedback that students wish to have about their work.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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