In this repeating activity, clickers are used in lecture to test for understanding and encourage participation. Professor David Harrington uses "clicker questions" 3 times per lecture to engage students directly with material.
In this homework assignment, students take as a starting point President Obama's speech at the University of Michigan about the cost of tuition and student debt and, using concepts from the readings and data online, get into depth about the nature of college tuition and student debt.
The purpose of this activity is for students to present a complicated academic debate within their own debate. Asher Orkaby assigned students to a position in the debate and had them prepare their arguments before class. The students were paired together and asked to debate JFK's performance during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They based their arguments on readings assigned for the week. After presenting their arguments, the students fielded questions from their classmates.
How does economic development affect democracy? This activity has students create visual diagrams for articles on the relationship between economic development and democracy and then pair up to teach the article to the rest of the class.
In SPU 14, Professor Charles Langmuir has a unique office hours policy where he holds office hours for three hours a week and goves students one extra credit point for every time they come and ask a question.
In Soc 43: Social Interaction, students design and act out interactional scenes to help them understand the concepts learned that week. Generally the students are divided into pairs or groups of three for these acting "games," which vary from week to week.
In her classes, Professor Judith Ryan uses (or encourages her TFs to use) little strips of paper with words from a literary text in order to get students to explore the functions of individual words in text.