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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Leading Dynamic Seminars

A Practical Handbook for University Educators

ISBN 9781137276834
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Teaching and Learning

Hands-on, practical guide helping academics to reinvigorate their seminar teaching. Ideal for new higher education staff seeking guidance as well as more experienced academics looking for tips and ideas. Covers all elements of seminar-based instruction including encouraging participation, handling sensitive topics and incorporating new technology.

Dr James Anderson is the Dean of Academics at the Marine Corps War College, USA. He has extensive experience leading seminars at institutions including the Marine Corps University, the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Germany and George Washington University, USA. He earned his doctorate in international relations from Tufts University, USA.

Dr Andrew Bellenkes is a Senior Lecturer for the Naval Postgraduate School Operations Research Department in Monterey, California, USA. He has worked as a lecturer at the United States Air Force Academy and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, as well as numerous other military and civilian organisations throughout the world. He earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois, USA.

1. The Socratic Method
2. Prepare Your Seminar for Success
3. Introductions and Ground Rules
4. Create a Positive Learning Cycle
5. Encourage Discussion and Collaborative Learning
6. Team Teaching Challenges
7. Technology and Seminar-based Learning
8. Distance Learning
9. End of Course Pitfalls
10. Measure Outcomes
11. Final Thoughts and Suggestions


A very valuable guide to leading seminars, which will be of practical use to both new and seasoned instructors. The book provides helpful information and suggestions for conducting effective seminars.' - Kristen Williams, Clark University, USA
'The authors have a most engaging way of communicating with their readers. The text is easy to read, has a sequential flow and sustains the reader's interest and attention throughout. The discussions on the place of technology within classrooms provide a balanced, thoughtful, and practical response to questions that are often raised by educators within the contemporary tertiary environment.' - Margaret Walshaw, Massey University, New Zealand
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