Getting Through That Class The First Time

SIGCSE 2003 Panel Discussion

21 February 2003

James Huggins, Moderator
Kettering University
Flint, MI 48504
Joseph Bergin
Pace University
New York, NY 10038
James Caristi
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Ellen Walker
Hiram College
Hiram, OH 44234

At SIGCSE 2003, a panel discussion was held on the following question:

How does one "survive" teaching a course for the first time?

What follows is a transcription of the ideas shared by the attendees of the session, as facilitated by the panelists. The ideas have been roughly categorized by subject area and reworded for clarity by the moderator; the content of the ideas is that of the original participants.

Instructor Attitude

Borrowed Experience

Course Content


On Notetaking and Slides

Homework Assignments


Classroom Management



Online Resources


All of the ideas above were generated by the attendees of this panel discussion at SIGCSE'03; their generosity is gratefully acknowledged. The moderator would also like to extend thanks to the panelists, Joe Bergin, Jim Caristi, and Ellen Walker, for their contributions before and during the panel discussion; without their assistance, none of this would have been possible. Any errors, of course, remain those of the moderator.

Suggestions for improving the structure of this document would be welcome; please contact Jim Huggins.

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