Students prepared for this assignment by reading the week’s reading assignment about the Chinese philosopher Xunzi in the class textbook. The instructor acted as Oprah Winfrey, introducing a new Life Class entitled, “How to Become a Sage.” She introduced the four guest Life Coaches—four of the Chinese philosophers discussed in class: Confucius, Xunzi, Zhuangzi, and Mencius.
Eric Schluessel developed this assignment for his EAS97ab class, so students can read texts and learn how to map these out in a diagram. This activity exposes students, especially those just beginning their college careers, to learn to read seemingly repetitive, obscure texts closely and quickly to pull out key information and process it into an accessible, intuitive form.
Guanchang Qian made every section and every day an active learning experience for her ER18 students to enhance not only students’ learning experiences, but also the students’ relations with their instructor. She exposed students to ER18 material every day through daily emails and supplementary readings.