Making the Most of the Opening and Closing Minutes of Class Time

Webinar featuring James M. Lang:

James M. Lang, a higher education expert and the author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning, has valuable tips and strategies for improving student engagement. In this webinar, he’ll explain how small changes to teaching can make a big difference to student learning, especially when those changes focus on the opening and closing minutes of class. He’ll explain key principles from the learning sciences that can help faculty make stronger, more deliberate choices about how to open and close their classes with students.


This webinar will show you how to:

  • Focus students’ attention with questions
  • Avoid wasting class time on logistics
  • Encourage students to retrieve—and better remember—information
  • Help students organize concepts to see frameworks and patterns Use the last minutes of class to reflect on key learnings

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About James M. Lang

James M. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Lang writes a monthly column for The Chronicle of Higher Education and edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for the University of West Virginia Press. He is the author of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons From the Science of Learning.