Students have come to expect that the educational experience in an ExCollege course will be an interactive one. Discussions, group projects, student presentations, case studies, debates, and simulations are all accepted parts of class sessions.
A well-organized instructor will introduce experiences that contribute to a clear overarching concept, one regularly articulated to the students. Additionally, substantive readings and assignments provide necessary intellectual foundation for the course topic. Exams and papers should be designed to assess what students have learned.
Also, it is important to stay in contact with the ExCollege throughout the semester, especially if you think a classroom activity or assignment may be controversial in nature.