All kinds of research points to the importance of students being “involved” on campus as a major predictor of their success in college, especially for non-traditional students. One thing that is definitely different about Harold Washington now, compared to, say, 10 years ago, is that there is now a plethora of events for students to attend any given semester. There is something going on at the school–a lecture, a performance, a workshop, etc.–almost daily, and often more than one.
Posters in the lobby, flyers near the escalators, and email announcements are all good as far as they go, but I’ve noticed that when I announce these events in class, there are inevitably students who write down the information (as if interested AND unaware). I’ve never settled on a procedure for sharing event information with my students though. I hate to use up those first or last five minutes of class given their importance for teaching, but, given the research, maybe I should.
Today’s teaching question is in regard to these events: Do you announce things, like the upcoming production of Bus Stop (along with student and group discount information) to your classes, and if so–all of them, some of them, or only rare occasions? And when you do announce them, how do you go about it and why?
Do you promote make use of events?