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Innovations in Teaching Special Seminar


The Importance of Space and Place for Learning:
How a wandering seminar gave students ownership of their University

January 29, 2016 | 11 a.m. - noon | 655 McNamara Alumni Center


If you’ve ever been assigned to a classroom that’s less than optimal — think an irregularly shaped, windowless basement classroom with poor temperature control, acoustics, and sight lines — heaDavid Matthesr how one instructor turned this problem into an opportunity for his students. The first meeting of his genome seminar compelled David Matthes to look for another classroom, so after some planning and phone calls to departments and units across campus, his class met instead at the Weisman Art Museum, the Armory library, and the Arthur Epson reading room, among other places for the rest of the semester. Hear how this wandering seminar affected his students, as well as how you could apply what he learned to your own course. 


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