Resources for Effective Teaching
Topic: Teaching Large Enrollment Classes
The large class situation poses unique challenges to both students and faculty. This resource page is designed to help fill some of those gaps. Here, the interested instructor will find strategies to deal with issues such as assessment, classroom management, the utilization of assistants, and active learning in large classes.
Links to OSET Resource Pages:
Active Learning in Large Classes: A 2 page brief on active learning activities to be used in large enrollment classes; resource provided by OSET faculty associate Dan Wolne.
Classroom Policies: Suggestions for establishing technology and quiet class policies; resource provided by OSET faculty associate Dan Wolne.
Lecturing to Large Classes: Face the challenges and establish your teaching persona so you deliver a more effective lecture; resource provided by OSET faculty associate Dan Wolne.
Challenges and Benefits of Teaching to a Large Class: Address common challenges and learn how to best deal with them in your course so you can reap the benefits of teaching a large class; resource provided by OSET faculty associate Dan Wolne.
Utilizing Assistants: How to pick and assign tasks to your assistant; resource provided by OSET faculty associate Dan Wolne.
Engaging Large Classes: Activities at Any Level: This link will take you to the 2006 Success in the Classroom presentation abstracts. From there you can scroll down to page 29 to find a one page abstract describing active learning techniques for a class of any size ; Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico.
A Cooperative Learning Approach to Teaching Large Introductory Classes- This link will take you to the 2007 Success in the Classroom presentation abstracts. From there you can scroll down to page 3 to find a one page abstract describing how to engage students using cooperative learning ; Yemane Asmerom, University of New Mexico.
FacNet Resources – UNM faculty who are happy to help in this area:
UNM faculty have volunteered to offer one-on-one advice about teaching large enrollment classes and will welcome you to watch them in their classrooms. Contact OSET and we will make arrangements for you to meet.
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Links to Useful Resources Outside UNM:
A Survival Handbook for Teaching Large Classes: A website at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte that covers all of the fundamental strategies for successfully teaching large lecture classes.
Teaching Large: This website provides resources, tip, and activities for large enrollment classes; Teacher to Teacher
Active Learning in Large Lecture Classes: Video case studies; Merlot Elixr
Transforming Course Design for Large Lecture Classes: Video case studies; Dr. Mark Laumakis, San Diego State University, Merlot Elixr.
Preparing to Teach Large Lecture Courses: This webpage guides one through strategies to effectively prepare to teach large courses; University of California, Berkeley.
Essays on Teaching Excellence published by the Professional and Oganizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD):
The Phenomenon of Large Classes and Practical Suggestions for Teaching Them. Frank Gillespie, The University of Georgia. 1996-1997.
Encouraging Civil Behavior in Large Classes. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 2003-2004.