Office Hours Off Campus

Written by: Sarah Nixon, John Fishback

Our “office hours off campus” idea transpired from a speech given by Dr. Iain Campbell at a publisher’s workshop we attended. Dr. Campbell teaches large biology lecture courses at the University of Pittsburgh and few students came to his office to discuss problems they were having with his course. However, when he was sitting on the steps in front of the library reading the newspaper, students stopped to ask questions about that day’s lecture. He decided he would regularly read his newspaper there, and when the weather turned colder he moved to a coffee shop frequented by students. Before long, he was regularly meeting students off campus and never in his office.

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