Proving once again that my finger is pretty far from the pulse of student attitudes toward a class, the teaching evaluations (quantitative and qualitative) were much worse than I expected them to be. That isn’t to say that they are horrible–they are just slightly higher than average for the department–but I had thought the class went fairly well last semester.
What I know is that I spent too much time on it. Clearly that time didn’t pan out. And so, I will focus on research for a while. I will also go back and teach com theory rather than the law class. It’s easier, and the students have low expectations of it that are easy to exceed. But I think we’ve seen the last of the media law class for a while. Why should I spend so much extra time on preparing classes and exercises when students prefer three multiple-choice exams? Grumble.