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All posts tagged Large Enrollment Courses

Flipping the class: Improving Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills in a Large Introductory Cell Biology Class

The Swanson School of Engineering, Bioengineering program, has experienced a surge in enrollment in the past six years. This increase in enrollment, coupled with a new emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills development in bioengineering students, prompted Lance Davidson to rethink the delivery of his introductory cell biology course. . . . Read more

Active Learning in Large Biology Classes

Active learning happens when students engage with course content in ways that promote deep processing and higher level thinking. To Biology professor Valerie Oke, it means making deliberate choices about how to use class time, leveraging the use of peer activities, and emphasizing the value of practice. Professor Oke teaches two . . . Read more

Effective Clicker Questions Promote Active Learning in Large Classes

Achieving student interaction and providing opportunities for practice with feedback can be challenging in a large class. Some professors use clickers to keep students actively engaged. Clickers, or student response systems, are hand-held mobile devices that allow students to respond to multiple choice questions included in the instructor’s PowerPoint slides. Students . . . Read more

Strategies for Teaching Large Classes

Large courses with enrollments ranging from 100 to 400 students present challenges for new and seasoned instructors:  How is it possible to integrate teaching strategies to promote engagement and lasting learning in a huge auditorium packed with students? For example, Psychology, one of the University’s most popular undergraduate fields, requires . . . Read more

Students Participate in Large Chemistry Classes

A common perception among faculty is that classes with enrollments of more than 100 are not conducive to student participation, let alone lively discussion. George Bandik, however, has been engaging students in his large chemistry classes for 30 years and still looks forward to opportunities in each class to draw . . . Read more