Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE

Center for Faculty Development and Innovation
ISSI Masthead

Strategies for Running a Successful Seminar


July 25, 2018 / 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Peck Hall 1405, Foster Adaptive Learning Center

Workshop: Strategies for Running a Successful Seminar

Sponsored by SIUE Honors Program


Teaching seminars is challenging.  Because seminars are organized around student questions and discussion of complex texts, they are necessarily improvisational.  Preparing for them and leading them require a different approach and set of strategies than using lecture-focused instruction. This faculty development workshop will provide faculty with practical strategies for successfully designing a course as a seminar or incorporating seminar discussions into a course.   For students to succeed in a seminar, it is important that they learn how to use discussion to develop and advance rational, evidence-based arguments.  To do so, they and faculty have to know how to ask particular types of questions and to listen.  We will explore a number of strategies to cultivate those capacities:  image theatre, guided discussion, silent class, and fishbowl.  If time permits, the workshop will allow faculty to work on syllabi and deploy these techniques into course design. The workshop will also highlight some of the unique resources of the FALC (The Foster Adaptive Learning Classroom).


Eric Ruckh (Honors Director, Historical Studies)

facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff socialoff