Large lectures are useful for conveying information and expressing enthusiasm about a subject to a large group of students. A lecturer can organize and summarize major topics within a field and can inform students of the latest issues and trends in research (Davis, 2009).
Getting Started with Large Lectures
- How can you prepare for a large lecture course?
- How can you work with TAs effectively?
- Who are your students and what do they expect?
- What should you plan for the first day of class?
Teaching and Learning in Large Lectures
- How can you reduce anonymity and build community?
- How can you effectively manage students?
- How can you keep students engaged?
- What is active learning and how can you use it?
- How can you know if students are learning?
- How can you respond to individual student needs?
- How can you incorporate writing assignments and provide effective feedback?
- How can you include group work in a large lecture course?
Technology in Large Lectures
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Heppner, F. (2007). Teaching large college classes: A guidebook for instructors with multitudes. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
Svinicki, M. & McKeachie, W.J. (2011). McKeachie’s teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (13th ed). Wadsworth Publishing.