Center for Faculty Innovation

Hacking the Large Classroom (Roundtable)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Location: Student Success Center room 4046.

Large classroom present special challenges when trying to relate to students and when conducting active learning; many times students can hide or get lost in the pack. In this facilitated roundtable discussion, participants will explore the ways in which JMU faculty have made large classroom feel smaller and enhanced the learning environment. The session will begin with a discussion to understand what is good about smaller classrooms and what may be undesirable or challenging about large classrooms. Participants will then brainstorm ideas to make large classrooms seem smaller, as well as how to implement them in their own contexts.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this program outcome:

  • Generating actionable ideas for how to make a large class seem smaller.

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, and
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.


Steven R. Harper, Ph.D., Department of Engineering

Scott Paulson, Ph.D., Department of Physics

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at 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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