Presentation on theme: "Creating “Small” within “Large” l One way cost savings can be realized is by consolidating separate sections into a larger lecture space. l Large lecture."— Presentation transcript:
Creating “Small” within “Large” l One way cost savings can be realized is by consolidating separate sections into a larger lecture space. l Large lecture halls can be intimidating and classes with large enrollments can seem impersonal. l The challenge: create sense of ownership and community. Malcolm Hill Dept. of Biology University of Richmond
Creating “Small” within “Large” l A common approach involves creating a sense of community “desk-by-desk” - building teams into a large lecture. –At Fairfield Univ., we moved from small sections to a “large” lecture hall –In-class computer exercises: l mobile computers, mobile students l activity all around
Examples From General Biology On-line, in-class activities based on group work http://www.dnai.org/
Creating “Small” within “Large” l The use of discussion boards, chat rooms, Facebook can all be used to facilitate the sense of community. l We’ve found that development of an in-class assessment piece (e.g., online quizzes/”The Minute Drill”) is another effective mechanisms to increase the sense of ownership in a class. Instructors benefit too, because they are seen to actually care about the students learning.
Long term, team projects are also an effect mechanism for creating a sense of small in larger classes. We posted podcasts created by students (AKA CreatUR FeatUR) for whole class evaluations. By the end of the semester, students knew each others work and had a sense of community that had been difficult to build previously.