How Much Should We Assign? What the Research Can (and Can't) Tell Us

Have you ever wondered how much time students spend on the work you've asked them to complete outside of class? Have you ever thought, when designing your syllabi, that you might be assigning more or less than is reasonable, given your own expectations for out of class work?

If so, you are not alone. "How much work should I be assigning?" is one of the most common questions we are asked in our work with faculty and graduate students. And it is also one of the most difficult to answer. Much depends on the unique contexts and goals of various courses. But the research on how students work (and particularly how they read) can give us a place to begin.

If you're curious about what the research has to say, please join us for lunch in Herring 129 on Tuesday, March 28th.

During the final "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talk of the semester, CTE Associate Director Betsy Barre will summarize the research and explore its implication for course design. She will then team up with Justin Esarey, Assistant Professor of Political Science, to introduce a new online tool they created to help instructors estimate what they're expecting of students in their courses.

This lecture is open to all within the Rice community. Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, March 28th
Herring Hall 129

Elizabeth Barre
Associate Director
Center for Teaching Excellence

Justin Esarey
Assistant Professor
Political Science