Q. When is an hour not an hour at all?
A. When it's an office hour!
As Instructors, we have a responsibility to be reasonably available to students outside of class. What does that look like in your teaching practice?
In my area, the course outline includes a spot where I can insert my specific office hours. I state that I am available “by appointment only", so that students know I'm accessible to them outside of class time, but they must book time with me in advance. In addition, I tell students they are welcome to email me with questions or concerns about class work or assignments.
In Janine's department, where multiple instructors teach many different sections of the same course each term, the course outlines include neither instructor name nor office hours. Instead, those details are posted on LEARN, and/or instructions about office hours are posted outside instructor offices.
How does it work in your area?
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