Active Learning in Large Classes

Tanya Weerakkody, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Wednesday, February 19 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Large-enrollment classrooms predominate introductory course offerings of many colleges and universities. Unfortunately, the traditional lecture-based methods widely used in this context can fail to motivate intellectual engagement. Educators are currently being urged to adopt active strategies that shift classroom emphasis towards student participation and learning. However, both student and instructor adjustment to new learning and teaching paradigms may be a considerable barrier to implementing inquiry-oriented approaches in a large-class setting. This workshop will propose alternatives to uninterrupted lecture to engage students in higher-order thinking tasks and promote self-directed learning. We will further discuss how course materials and classroom technology can be used to complement these practices and circumvent the obstacles of teaching large classes.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.