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Large Lectures


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

  1. How can you prepare for a large lecture course?
  2. How can you work with TAs effectively?
  3. Who are your students and what do they expect?
  4. What should you plan for the first day of class?

Teaching and Learning in Large Lectures

  1. How can you reduce anonymity and build community?
  2. How can you effectively manage students?
  3. How can you keep students engaged?
  4. What is active learning and how can you use it?
  5. How can you know if students are learning?
  6. How can you respond to individual student needs?
  7. How can you incorporate writing assignments and provide effective feedback?
  8. How can you include group work in a large lecture course?

Technology in Large Lectures

  1. How can you manage students' use of personal technology?
  2. How can technology help?


Cashin, W.E. (2010). Effective lecturing. Idea Paper #46. Manhattan, Kansan: The Idea Center.

Davis, B.G. (2009). Tools for teaching (2nd ed). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

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.
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