Engaging Large Classes: Strategies and Techniques for College Faculty

Engaging Large Classes: Strategies and Techniques for College Faculty

by Christine A. Stanley
     
 

Large classes are a fact of life in higher education. With 100 or more students in fixed seating, how does a faculty member structure the class to promote student learning? How does one manage the logistics of such a class? Are there alternatives to the lecture format? Are there actually advantages to the large class? Engaging Large Classes addresses these

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Overview

Large classes are a fact of life in higher education. With 100 or more students in fixed seating, how does a faculty member structure the class to promote student learning? How does one manage the logistics of such a class? Are there alternatives to the lecture format? Are there actually advantages to the large class? Engaging Large Classes addresses these and many other questions.

Experienced teachers of large classes across a wide range of disciplines and institutions offer instructional strategies and advice for both new and experienced faculty members. What many of the contributors have learned is that large classes can be just as stimulating and rewarding as small ones, and that the large size can yield surprisingly positive opportunities.

Contents include:

  • Part I: Twelve chapters that identify and discuss major issues in the teaching of large classes such as course design, planning and assessment, promoting civility, active and collaborative learning, classroom technology, working with TAs, and a review of research.
  • Part II: Seventeen essays—written by teachers of large classes from various institutions—that describe strategies and techniques they have used to successfully promote learning in large classes. Disciplines include agriculture, business, clinical sciences, education, engineering, English, law, math, sciences, and social sciences.
  • A final chapter that summarizes the strategies and key points.
  • A Topic Location Guide that allows readers to see at a glance where particular topics are covered.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882982516
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
JB - Anker Series, #27
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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"This book is the first real primer of practical and pedagogical value on the management of large classes. It offers concrete strategies that will allow faculty to analyze and evaluate their impact on student learning."
—James Anderson, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, N.C. State University

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