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What One Professor Learned From an Informal Teaching Experiment

Dom Caristi has always tweaked his courses. Usually, that’s meant tinkering here and there, perhaps by adding a few low-stakes quizzes or reducing the number of exams.

In the spring, he was presented with an opportunity through what he called “an aberration of scheduling.” He was assigned to teach two sections of the same course, Media Ethics and Social Responsibility, during the same semester. So he decided to set up a quasi-experiment to analyze two approaches to teaching the senior-level course in the telecommunications department at Ball State University.

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