I’ve been thinking about how I want to structure a new course for spring and am reading this post by Professor Mike Duvall (College of Charleston). He advocates designing each unit in a course around a series of questions that will stimulate your students' interest.
I've done this in my Human Resource Management class. For example, when I teach employment law, I start out the module with questions such as:
Why do we have Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws?
What type of personnel records do employers need to keep and for how long?
What types of questions should employers/managers avoid in an interview or on an application form and why?
I find the questions get the students thinking about the topic and lead nicely into some great discussions.