Teaching Large Classes

Welcome to the Teaching Large Classes Website. We hope you will find what follows useful, that the material here will offer you some new ideas, and perhaps confirm some parts of your own experience. We welcome your suggestions concerning things that we might improve, amend, or add to this site, and we also welcome your questions about any aspect of teaching large classes.

Part of the purpose of this site is to get large class teachers in whatever discipline talking to one another, and learning from one another, forging a closer community with a common cause: to make learning in large classes as effective, productive, and enjoyable as possible.

About Teaching Large Classes
In the face of growing programs and shrinking funds, more of us are having to teach large classes for two main reasons: To accommodate with a stable or shrinking complement of faculty members the burgeoning number of students who deserve to be in university, and often as a way to preserve smaller classes in some other parts of our programs.
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The Guide

The STLHE Green Guides series is inspired by a similar publication series initiated in 1984 by our sister organization, the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA). The guides are intended to be relatively short, easy to read handbooks on different aspects of higher education, with a particular focus on teaching and learning issues.


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Power Point Primer
The following is not intended to teach you how to use PowerPoint. There are lots of other sources for learning this program. But rather, this a list of secrets, things we have learned from our trial and error mistakes (these will remain our secrets) on how to use PowerPoint effectively for teaching in large classrooms (and lots of other places too).
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Best Practices
The following set of "best practices" were adapted from Connie Varnhagen's keynote address at Fall Perspectives 2001. All deal with the use of technology in the classroom.
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Ask an Expert
Got a question about teaching large classes? We'd love to hear from you. Send your question to educational-mailbox@uwo.ca and either Mike Atkinson or Allan Gedalof will reply. Questions are archived and available below.
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Presentation Tips
When using a presentation package such as PowerPoint in the classroom make sure that everyone can actually read what you have on the screen.
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