Center for Faculty Innovation

Read and Dialogue: Course Correction: Balancing Structure and Flexibility in the Classroom (Reading Group)

Wed, 29 Mar 2023 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join colleagues for a brief read and dialogue to explore how to balance flexibility and structure in the classroom.  

In a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, “Course Correction,” Beckie Supiano argues that while students demand flexibility, they might be better served with the right balance of flexibility and structure, particularly in a pandemic-altered world where, despite claims otherwise, “neither professors nor students are fine.”

In this one-time, 60-minute Read and Dialogue, we will discuss the short article "Course Correction" and explore ways that we can support each other in finding balance.

As with other events in this series, we will spend our time discussing how relevant the ideas are to our current context, how we might apply them to our own teaching, what questions or critiques we have about the claims and conclusions, and anything else the group wants to explore in the time allotted. This group is intentionally designed to require very little time commitment, given the burnout and exhaustion that we recognize everyone is feeling these days.


Event Date(s) & Time(s)

  • March 29th @ 12:30 PM

Location: Darcus Johnson Hall G004 (In-Person Reading Group)


Note: Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only! If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend please email with your request.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile through the CFI registration website. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.

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