Definition of Seminar Series: multiple lectures given during short
period of time (1-2 weeks) on a focused set of topics.
Advantages, Disadvantages and Considerations
Instructor is able to teach modules that build upon one another
Users gain more expertise than is possible from a single workshop
Consolidated block of time helps focus users attention on seminar topic
Teaching a group (e.g. class, lab group) help builds peer support network
Users learn skills that they can apply immediately to real information
Schedule conflicts hard to avoid.
May have to offer multiple times, depending on topic and how ofter user
population turns over
Preparation and teaching takes a lot of hard work.
Need to decide what teaching formats provide the "biggest bang for the
Offer during Intersession or Summer (slow times) in response to a course
being taught or to a special set of information needs
Including hands-on practice results in a higher retention rate of skills.
Instead of offering stand-alone seminars, work to integrate seminars into
a larger organizational structure (e.g. a course being taught, new student
Funds for printing handouts and online access.
What infrastructure is needed (e.g. classroom, network access, computer
equipment, etc.) ?
Possible to share workload by team teaching or by bringing in a guest lecturer
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