Less Is More: Shifting Your Teaching Goal from Comprehensiveness to Comprehension

Teaching Dialogue | Less Is More: Comprehension over Comprehensiveness

October 10, 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Graduate Students, Instructors
Part of series: 

Feeling burdened by how much material you have to cover in a short amount of time? Frustrated that your students don’t seem to be “getting” the content or actively engaging in class discussions? Wondering how you can make room for reflection or individualized learning with (insert large number) students in your class?

Looking for ways to make your course better without tearing everything apart and starting over?

Hear from faculty peers who have been there, done that (in different disciplines with different class sizes), and who have emerged renewed, re-engaged, and with lots of stories and strategies to share. Bring your questions and your own ideas, and join in some informal group problem solving! Whether you’re new or veteran to teaching, all are welcome.

A light lunch will be served at 12 (participants are also welcome to bring their own) and the program will begin shortly after. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.


  • Brandi Catanese (Theater, Dance and Performance Studies)
  • Miryam Sas (Comparative Literature)
  • Terry Johnson (Bioengineering), faculty advisor for the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Moderated by Rita-Marie Conrad, senior consultant, Center for Teaching and Learning


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on October 9, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Series description

Teaching Dialogues is a regular series of campus-wide discussions on pressing topics related to teaching and learning, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching.

All faculty, graduate students, and academic staff are welcome and encouraged to participate.

See recaps and recordings of past dialogues and other AIS programs.