Thank you to everyone who participated on this thread and I wanted to provide a final summary of some activities we can do to help manage large classes.
- Groups : Forming groups of students allows the instructor to interact with more students at once. Groups can be self-selected or determined by the instructor. They can be self-learning as well
- Engage students: In addition to groups. walking around the classroom keeps students focused. Using a remote clicker would allow an instructor to leave the podium and engage students who do not sit upfront. On a personal level, the instructor can make sure that they are reaching out to ALL the students through a feedback mechanism such as responding to a DQ, sending a message in the individual forum, or arranging times to personally met with a student.
- Student is a member not an attender: Get to know the names of your students. Shake hands with them and allow for class introductions.
- Discipline: The instructor needs to maintain discipline in the classroom to ensure mutual respect and courtesy between students and between students and the instructor. Privately notifying a student of a misunderstanding is a great way to maintain a good relationship while correctly a possible negative experience.
- Know your classroom: Instructor needs to determine how to best use the space of each of their classrooms to overcome an inefficiencies such as whiteboard placement, projector/podium locations, long rooms, wide rooms, etc.
This was a great discussion!