I'm sure I've seen these for years, but this semester, things seem to be ramping up. Basically, someone makes a poster of some sort to advertise a course they're teaching in a coming term.
We do these pretty officially for courses taught in terms that aren't fall or spring semester, but the other day, one of my colleagues handed me a BIG yellow piece of paper with a description of his course. I happily put it up on my door. But it got me thinking.
Then another colleague stopped to chat in passing and said he was going to make a poster for a class he's teaching.
I got to thinking, and then I powered up the powerpoint and made a small poster (just a black and white) for my Chaucer class. So there!
It feels strangely like competition where there really shouldn't be competition. A poster is a poor reason to choose a course. But maybe someone sees a course listed and doesn't know what it will be about, and a poster tells them, and they realize they might find the course interesting?
That seems like a poor excuse for having jumped on this particular little bandwagon.
On the other hand, I learned powerpoint basics years ago, so at least it didn't take me long to put together a small poster.
Do you put up posters? Are they part of your institutional culture? Do you think they even work?