The most important part of planning your class is choosing main topic you want to teach. You might get inspiration from classes you’ve taken at BC, your favorite TV shows or movies, something you’ve seen on the news recently, or a suggestion from a friend. If you want to teach and you can’t come up with a topic, let us know, and we can help you brainstorm! Members of our board have taught classes on everything from Spanish to Disney to the economics of dating, so we have a wide range of ideas to draw from.

Next, you want to pick your course title and write a course description. Your class is more likely to attract students when the title is interesting, so descriptive adjectives and recognizable words or phrases may be more likely to be attention-grabbing for students. Examples include, “iChill: Stress Management”, “Navigating Conspiracy Theories”, and “Psych You Out!”. For other specific examples, check out the “Ideas” tab on the side of this page. Your course description should be between 2-5 sentences and should briefly go over the topics that you will be covering in your class as well as how you will be presenting that material. Explaining prerequisites to understand your material can also be important to make sure the students enrolling understand what you are teaching.

Great examples of course descriptions include…

Spain, 1492 by Nicolas Buonanduci

1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue... But that was not all that happened! This course looks at the often-overlooked events of 1492 that were crucial in the development of modern Spanish and Latin American culture. This course is for anyone who enjoys Spanish, likes history, or just wants to know more about how modern America came to be.

Women in Computer Science and Business by Allison Ferreria

Want to learn how to code Python? Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a woman in technology and business? Then this class is for you! We will provide you with an introduction to Computer Science as a dynamic, problem-solving discipline, and teach you how to code and design your own smiley face in Turtle. Furthermore, we will lead a discussion on what it is like to be a woman in the world of technology and business, and why you should consider exploring these exciting fields. This class is welcome to anyone who wants to learn!

It may be beneficial for you to map out or outline the details of your class before you start assembling your powerpoint or other materials. Sometimes, though, putting together your powerpoint can give you ideas about what you would like to include.

You certainly don’t have to use a powerpoint, but below are the links to some examples.
Could Jack Have Survived the Titanic? - Some links are missing from this presentation
Big Bad World of Bats
The Myers-Briggs of Pop Culture Icons
Environmental Science 101
Genetics & Genomics

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