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Active Learning in Large Classes

Definition
In order to engage students in large classes we need to foster 'active learning' techniques for group settings. Active learning is having students engage in some activity that forces them to think about and comment on the information presented. Students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in discussion with other students, through asking questions, or through writing. Students become engaged in activities that force them to reflect upon ideas and upon how they are using those ideas related to the field of study. For more please see: http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/faq/ac-stanford.htm

 

Background

  • What's different about teaching large classes? -Discussion on administration and management of large classes plus motivating students and using stimulating assessment techniques
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  • Teaching Psychology in large classes: an international survey of solutions-Dr. V. Slaughter-This report explores and creates an overview of problems and solutions for teaching large 1st year university classes
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  • Student performance in large classes-an examination of class size and the quality of teaching in large classes
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Examples

  • Small groups in large classes-some strategies for using small group activities in large classes;
    Think, Pair, Share
    Case studies
    Peer evaluation
    Tell your partner
    Role play

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  • Active Learning: getting students to work and think in the classroom - Stanford University
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  • Large classes across disciplines- University of Queensland
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Resources

  • University of Maryland's Center for Teaching Excellence-Large Classes Teaching Guide: Seven principles of good teaching
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  • University of California, Davis-Tips for using questions in large classes
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  • Teaching Models in large Classes
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  • University of Queensland-teaching and assessment in large classes
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