According to Professor Deborah Ball of the University of Michigan, if students are only spectating in a lecture, instructors actually reduce the learning opportunities for their students.
We can't do the learning for them.
Large class lectures may seem very efficient or even cost-effective for teachers and administrators. But how can we ensure that students are really getting the most out of this kind of lecture?
What is a large class? It could be anywhere from 40 to hundreds of students receiving an extended lecture from an instructor in a large classroom or lecture hall. These types of classes are common for first-year college courses or large high school general requirements. However, large class lectures represent a very passive style of learning, and not without some challenges.
Sometimes large classes are unavoidable, but in spite of these potential drawbacks, there are several strategies any instructor can employ to promote more active engagement and higher student achievement.
Take a risk, step out of your comfort zone! With a little advance planning, extra effort and patience, large class lectures don’t have to be stale and boring for students or teachers! Students will thank you and perform better, making your job in the long run actually easier and more enjoyable!
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