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Faculty Open Classroom Initiative (FOCI) - Winter 2018

Modified: December 4, 2017

FOCI is a week-long program to promote open conversation about learning and teaching across Northwestern. Sponsored by the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, FOCI seeks to make teaching more transparent and public by providing opportunities for faculty across disciplines to open their classrooms and to visit colleagues’ classrooms.

Participate two ways: 1) Volunteer to open your classroom during the seventh week of the winter quarter to fellow faculty who would like to experience your approach to teaching. Whether you lecture, run a seminar, teach in a lab or studio setting, use a lot of technology or none, we encourage you to open your class. There are no special requirements or expectations – just that you are open to visitors. 2) Visit a classroom that piques your interest.

For faculty opening their classrooms:

  • Sign up to your open classes by third week of winter quarter, starting December 11, 2017 and open until January 19, 2018.
  • Receive a list of visitors one week before the class session: February 13, 2018.


For faculty visiting classrooms:

  • Sign up for sessions; spaces on first- come, first-served basis, starting January 25, 2018 and open until February 7, 2018.
  • Confirmation includes sessions, times and locations: February 13, 2018
  • Visit classes: February 19 – 24, 2018 (Monday – Saturday).

For all participants:

  • Come to an open, follow-up reception to reflect on and discuss the FOCI experience (RSVP please). Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

More information and registration details will become available here

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