Center for Faculty Innovation

Optimizing Large Seminar-Style Classes

Wed, 27 Mar 2024 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

The art of teaching larger seminar-based classes (25+ students) demands innovative approaches and nuanced understanding. This roundtable discussion aims to delve deep into the unique challenges and effective strategies for conducting such classes at the undergraduate level.

Join us for an engaging session where we will:

Explore Unique Challenges: What are the specific difficulties faced in managing larger seminar-based classes? From maintaining student engagement to ensuring individual attention, we'll open the floor to discuss these multifaceted challenges.

Review Existing Strategies: What methods and techniques have educators employed so far? This segment will focus on existing proposals and practices for running larger seminar-based classes effectively. Attendees are encouraged to share and examine diverse pedagogical approaches.

Exchange Experiences and Insights: Perhaps the most vital part of our discussion—a collaborative exchange of experiences. Participants are invited to share their successes, hurdles, and unique stories from their own classrooms.

Date & Time: Wednesday, 3/27, from 2 - 3:15 PM

Location: Rose Library 5211

Facilitator: John Robinson, SIS

Genre: Roundtable

Attendance & Registration Information

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. Refer to the CFI Programs & Events webpage for detailed information and an instructional video on how to use the registration portal!
LOG IN: If this is your first time visiting the registration page, your account will be created automatically when you sign in with your JMU e-ID and password (DUO required). Be sure to clear your browser cache/cookies upon each visit to the registration page.

  • Complete your profile information:
    • Update your college/division and department (use the search feature and/or select from the dropdown) and enter your Mail Stop Code (MSC) for your department on-campus mail.
    • Add comments about your dietary & accommodation needs at the bottom of the profile form. (This information is collected and stored with your online account for all future programs you may attend.)
  • Once your profile is complete, you should see a status update as complete on your Dashboard (an overview of your account).

Register by Monday, 3/25, at 11:59 PM.



If you find that you are unable to attend a scheduled event prior to the registration deadline, please return to your CFI Program Account and cancel your registration. If it is after the event registration deadline, please email as early as possible.

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. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.


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