Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms Program

LMU Faculty volunteer to open their classrooms on selected dates to other faculty who arrange in advance for a visit.  The purpose of the program is to disseminate innovative ideas about teaching.

College of Business Administration

Finance Department

Instructor: Hai Tran, Assistant Professor of Finance
Course: Fundamentals of Finance, FNCE 3410, is a course for business majors covering fundamental finance concepts.  Course meets in St. Robert’s 235.
Methods: Asset trading game to illustrate financial markets and asset bubbles. 
Open Classes: Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 8:15am – 9:30am or 9:40am-10:55am.
Conditions: To request a visit to one of these classes, please contact me by email by the Friday preceding the class. 

 

College of Science and Engineering

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

Instructor:   Jeremy McCallum, Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Course:

Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 220, an introduction to organic chemistry for most science majors and pre-meds.

Methods:

Group work and problem-solving.

Open Classes:

M,W, F 10:20-11:10 (PER 200) or M,W,F 11:30-12:20 (PER 202).

Conditions:   To request a visit to one of these classes, please contact me by email a couple of days before the class

 

Physics Department

Instructor:   Vincent Coletta, Professor of Physics  
Course:

Waves & Light, PHYS 195, is a course for freshmen physics majors covering fundamental physical concepts, which meets in Seaver 101. Each week we meet once for a concepts class, once for a problem solving class, and once for lab.  

Methods:

In concepts classes, I often provide demonstrations of physical phenomena, and I always use clicker questions to stimulate discussion of challenging questions related to basic concepts.  In problem solving classes, I encourage both individual and group work on challenging problems.  I provide a framework for problem solving when a student doesn’t know where to start.

Open Classes:

I have selected two concepts classes that I think would be of greatest interest to most people:  Mirrors:  mirror illusions and multiple imaging, Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 4:20 – 5:20 pm; Diffraction and Polarization, Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 4:20 – 5:20 PM.  The following problems classes are also open:  Thursdays, 4:20 – 5:20 PM, Oct. 26th & Nov. 16th.

Conditions:   To request a visit to one of these classes, please contact me by email at least 24 hours before the class.  

 

Instructor: Jeff Phillips, Professor of Physics
Course:  General Physics I, PHYS 253, an introductory physics course for primarily life science majors. Course meets in Seaver 101 at 12:40- 2:10 and 2:20- 3:50
Methods: Hands-on experiments, group concept discussions and problem-solving
Open Classes:  10/ 20, 10/23, 10/25, 10/27, 11/ 27, 11/29, 12/1
Conditions: Please contact me by email the day before visiting. 

 

School of Film and Television

Film/TV Studies

Instructor:  Adriana Jaroszewicz, Associate Professor of Animation
Course:

Digital Toolbox, ANIM 260, is a course for animation majors covering various digital animation tools.  Course meets in Communication Arts Building 315.

Methods: Lectures with demonstration and hands-on exercises.
Open  Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:20am – 12:50pm or 1:00pm-2:30pm.
Conditions:

Please contact me by email the day before visiting. 

 

Instructor:  Sue Scheibler, Associate Professor of Film and TV Studies
Course: Science Fiction TV, FTVS 445, is a course for any LMU student interested in exploring science fiction TV. Course meets in CA 105, Thursdays 4:30-7:00 pm and includes screening of science fiction TV series.
Methods: Discussion on series screened the week before, based on weekly discussion papers; brief lecture; screening of TV episodes for discussion at next class.
Open  Classes: 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 (perfect day for Twilight and Black Mirror fans)
Conditions: Please contact me by email the day before visiting.

 

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Communications Studies

Instructor:  James C. Bunker, Clinical Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Course:

Advanced Public Communication, CMST 2800 is a course for communication majors to provide
students with advanced instruction in public speaking. I teach this course though a debate and argumentation lens and the course meets in Foley 210

Methods:

This is a debate course that would provide insight into any instructor seeking to incorporate a debate model into their course design as an activity, unit, or major assignment. Students engage in an hour long debate around a single resolution (topic). Their peers and instructor provide critical reflection at the end of the debate to discuss what might have been done differently from a strategic, argumentative, delivery, and preparation standpoint. Debaters also provide a self-assessment of their performance.

Open  Classes: MW: 11:30-12:30 or 12:40-1:40pm--10/23, 10/25, 10/30, 11/1, 11/6, 11/8, 12/6, 12/8
Finals are open as well: 11:00-1pm M 12/11 and W 12/13
Conditions: Please send me a courtesy email 24-48 hours prior to visiting: jbunker@lmu.edu. I am also more than happy to discuss how you might incorporate a debate format into your class as well as share lesson planning materials

 

Theater Arts

Instructor:  Arnab Banerji, Assistant Professor Department of Theatre Arts
Course:

Traditions of Indian Performance (THEA 430), is a course open to all students and is also cross-listed as an offering through the Asia-Pacific Studies Program. It is a genre study course that also delves into issues of politics, religion, caste, race, and identity. This semester the course is meeting in Foley Annex 165. 

Methods:

Discussion based class on Indian performance traditions interspersed with pair and share activities where students connect the material studied to their own experience. 

Open  Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4:10 (any class day before the Thanksgiving break and except the week of Oct.23-28).
Conditions: Please contact me at least 24 hours before visiting.