Utilizing Class Time Well
All courses—even those taught by correspondence, the Internet, television, and other forms of distance learning—require a student to spend some time interacting with an instructor (i.e., in class). What an instructor does while doing so and how he or she does it determines whether students will perceive the time they spent interacting with him or her (i.e., in class) as having been utilized well. Their perceptions regarding this are likely to significantly influence the teaching ratings that they give the instructor. Our focus in this chapter will be on how the time spent interacting with students can be utilized so that students are likely to perceive it as having been utilized well.
WHY SHOULD STUDENTS WANT TO SPEND TIME IN CLASS?
If students are to perceive the time they spend in class as being time well spent, they must be aware of the goals that they want attending classes to help them achieve and believe that what transpires while they are there is helpful for achieving them. Goals that should be at least partially achievable by attending classes include the following:
|• Meeting institutional, departmental, and instructors’ attendance requirements for receiving credit for the course and/or not having the final course grade reduced by exceeding the maximum number of cuts allowed. |
|• Averting feelings of guilt (arising from cutting classes). |
|• Acquiring information that isn’t dealt with in the textbook(s) and/or assigned readings. |