By Vince Bellino – Temple News
When approaching large lecture-style classes, Samuel Hodge thinks of a specific word: edutainment.
Edutainment – a sort of mix between education and entertainment – is what Hodge works to achieve in his classrooms. Hodge utilizes animations, songs, visuals, prominent guest speakers and technology to create what he calls a “flip classroom” – what Hodge said is the largest ever attempted at at Temple.
A flip classroom is a combination of online learning, lecture-style teaching and hands-on experience. Hodge’s flip classroom is the Legal Environment of Business, through which he teaches roughly 400 students.
Quick, how would you teach a Gen. Ed. course on American law to a class of 400 students who have little or no previous law instruction?
It’s the kind of question that would keep many instructors awake at night — but not Samuel D. Hodge Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Legal Studies at Temple’s Fox School of Business and winner of the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education.
“Give them a dysfunctional Philadelphia family,” Hodge said. “Throw in animated cartoons of Ben Franklin and Abraham Lincoln and video and audio clips from the civil rights movement, presidential speeches and Hollywood movies. Then add to the mix a classroom visit from the cast of a Tony Award-winning play.”
By now, no one at Temple should be surprised by Hodge’s creative solutions to teaching’s biggest challenges.
Even for one of Temple’s most innovative professors — one who infuses his classes with animation, multimedia and real-time surveys — this was unique.
Samuel D. Hodge Jr., director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the Fox School of Business, recently hosted actors from the award-winning play “Angels in America,” now showing at the Society Hill Playhouse.
Before an audience of some 400 freshmen in Hodge’s Law in American Society class, actors performed two key scenes from the play, which is serving as background material for students to write legal briefs and argue both sides of a lawsuit.
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