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While the the resources for teaching large classes provided on this page are comprehensive, they have been reviewed by the CIIA and deemed exceptionally useful. To assist in your perusal, these resources are grouped on this page in the following categories:
Advance Planning & Management | Assessment & Grading | Building Classroom Community | Discussion & Interaction | Lecturing to Large Classes
- Heppner, Frank, Teaching the Large
College Class: A Guidebook for
Instructors with Multitudes, San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007.
- Stanley, Christine A., and Porter,
Erin M., (Eds.) Engaging Large
Classes: Strategies and
Techniques for College Faculty,
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
- MacGregor, Jean; Cooper, James L.;
Robinson, Pamela; Smith, Karl A.
(Eds.). Strategies for Energizing
Large Classes: From Small Groups
to Learning Communities, San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
Advance Planning & Management
(See also: Teaching Tips, Course Design and Development)
Assessment & Grading
(See also: Teaching Tips, Assessment and Grading)
Building Classroom Community
- Establishing Rapport: Personal Interaction and Learning, Neil Fleming, Idea Paper 39, The Idea Center
- "Group Introductions" Get-Acquainted Team Building Activity, a method for introducing students to one another for group work or for an entire small class; includes reflective questions. Kathryn J. Cox, Ohio State University Extension
- Large Classes: A Teaching Guide: Personalizing the Large Class, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland
- Not Quite 101 Ways to Learning Students' Names, Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia
- Welcoming Students on the First Day, part of a series of videos related to creating a positive learning environment (see description*), Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University
Discussion & Interaction
(See also: Teaching Tips, Active Learning)
Lecturing to Large Classes
** The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University created a series of videos related to creating a positive learning environment on day one of the term. Dr. Corly Brooke, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at ISU believes that regardless of class size, it is important to welcome the students, set clear expectations and create an environment that is conducive to learning. Watch all the video clips to see what works well for her.
Mentioned relevant books may be available through the CIIA's Lending Library or Wilson Library.