The Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (IETL) newest campus-wide program launches this week. The Faculty Open Classroom Initiative (FOCI) will be held April 11-17 on the Orange Campus, with over 60 full-time and part-time faculty opening their classes to visiting colleagues.

The purpose of FOCI Week, modeled after similar programs at Yale and other universities, is to connect colleagues not only to each other but also to allow for reconnecting to content and gaining a feeling for what it is like to be a student in a classroom today at Chapman.

Faculty members from every academic unit, including arts, sciences, business, law and performing arts, have volunteered to host colleagues in their classes. A similar FOCI Week with open classes on Rinker Campus is planned for fall; Rinker Campus faculty will come visit their colleagues in Orange this April, and Orange faculty will visit their Rinker colleagues in October.

A FOCI Celebration Reception will be held on April 18 for hosts and visitors to gather and exchange feedback about their experiences. In addition, as a small token of appreciation both to the faculty hosts and visitors, each participant will receive two tickets for lunch in the Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum on Orange Campus.

For more information on the Institute for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and its programs, please visit the IETL website.