Welcome to Clark University Hybrid Splash

Our next Splash will be TBD!

Tips For Creating Your Class

Not sure what to teach? Click here for ideas!

Make your course title and description interesting!

That is what students will see when they register for Splash. For example, name your course "The Talons of the Eagle: the Dark Side of American Foreign Policy" instead of "Issues in American Foreign Policy." Descriptions are often more engaging when written in the second person, and pose interesting questions that will be answered in your class.

Choosing a Category

Pick the category that most closely relates to your class - Arts, Humanities, Science, or Miscellaneous. Some students may only look at courses in a certain category.

Please carefully consider the grade range and capacity for your class:

Course content and presentation method both matter when deciding this. For classes with a wide grade range, be sure that the material is understandable for the youngest students and still engaging for the oldest. We recommend selecting either 5-8 or 9-12. Class capacity is up to you, but keep in mind the group dynamics: too many students might make dialogue tricky, while too few might make group activities tricky. Roughly a third of students do not show up, so it might be wise to allow a few extras to sign up.

Planned Purchases:

Splash has allocated funds to purchase supplies for each class. Please be frugal and as specific as possible (e.g. "1 fine-tip black Sharpie permanent marker per student" not "Sharpies"). We will contact you if it is not possible to purchase a certain item you request. You will receive an email closer to the day of Splash requesting any files you need copied for your students.

The Fine Print:

We say you can teach anything for our programs, and to a significant extent, we mean it. We want classes that push boundaries, explore controversial topics, and go outside of what a traditional school environment can offer. That said, there are a few things you can’t do, or where we will ask to review your syllabus if you’re skirting the edge of what we can allow. Please note that Splash reserves the right to make the final decision on whether a class will be made available to students. All teachers must also sign our teacher agreement.

The following is a limited list of types of classes that cannot be offered:

  • Classes that include activities that pose any sort of danger to our students
  • Classes that are illegal, or that explicitly promote illegal activities (e.g. How to Deal Drugs 101 )
  • Classes that promote only a single viewpoint on a sensitive topic (e.g. a pro- or anti-abortion class)
  • Classes that exist to advertise an outside organization, service, or product
  • Classes that promote religious proselytization or disrespect a person’s religious beliefs
  • Classes that discriminate against students in any manner
  • Thanks again for your interest in teaching for Splash! Please do not hesitate to contact us at clarkuesp@gmail.com with any questions. We are happy to meet with you to discuss course ideas and plan your curriculum.

    Last modified by coreybernstein on April 16, 2017 at 09:30 p.m.