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Building Connections in Large Lectures

It is no secret that class sizes in public and private institutions across the country are growing. In fact, teaching a large lecture or non-traditional classroom is often required to advance along a tenure-track or to earn a promotion. And the rapidly changing classroom structure isn’t slowing down. According to the National Center for Education […]

Creating An Active Learning Environment

College enrollment for the 2018 fall academic term in the United States is expected to hit more than 20 million students according to a report from Statista. The rapid enrollment is putting a burden directly on instructors for creating an active learning environment in overcrowded lectures.

Engaging Students in Large Lectures [Case Study]

INSTITUTION UC Davis DEPARTMENT Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior COURSE Animal Behavior SIZE 170-400 Students After teaching at Harvard University for seven years, Dr. Stacey Combes was excited to pursue tenure at the University of California, Davis. But transferring to UC Davis meant trading intimate, discussion-driven classes for amphitheaters filled with hundreds of non-majors. Even with […]