Man, it seems like taking one of your classes would be legit.
My students seem to enjoy it- and I think they’re retaining a lot of what they pick up in lecture. Exam scores aren’t as high as I’d like them (but they’re right on par with what the university wants), but their writing assignments have drastically improved since last semester. And nobody’s tried to tell me that skeletons have breast tissue. That’s a big metric of success for me. At least once a week, we talk about how the stuff we learn in the course can apply to their actual lives- like, last week, when we talked about primate locomotion, we talked about why humans get arthritis but chimps don’t. My school has a HUGE kinesiology department and there’s a lot of kinesio/physical therapy majors, so talking about some of the evolutionary reasons we have bad knees and what some prevention methods/options for reparative therapy are actually slots in really well with both my students’ interests and the study of human evolution. Stuff like that plus short, kinda punchy lectures with fun visuals, simulations, and non-slide demonstrations and video clips seem to make the class pretty accessible to all learning styles- I really try to make it worth the students’ time. My goal is that they walk out of there with a broad understanding of why it’s important to study evolution and what some of the implications are of human evolution in their daily lives- as well as to gain a better understanding of the scientific method and what it means to do science.