Center for Faculty Innovation

Making Large Classes Seem Small (Workshop)

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Student Success Center toom 4046

This workshop will also be offered on Thu, 04 Feb 2016 8:00 AM-9:30 AM, Rose Library.


Participants will explore ways to make their large classes seem smaller.  After discussing the unique challenges associated with teaching large classes, participants will experience a variety of interactive lecture and group-based strategies that can maximize student engagement and learning in large classes.  The facilitators will summarize the empirical and theoretical bases of the recommended strategies, and invite participants to consider how these strategies might be used in their own classes.   

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Identifying solutions to the unique challenges associated with teaching large classes,
  • Discovering a variety of interactive lecture and group-based strategies that can make a large class seem smaller, and
  • Learning the empirical and theoretical bases of the recommended strategies.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices,
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning), and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching.

Facilitators:

Natalie Kerr Lawrence, Ph.D.

Krisztina Varga Jakobsen, Ph.D.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits.

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