In a recent Faculty Focus article, “Interactive Strategies for Engaging Small and Large Classes Alike,” Dr. Toni Weiss writes about her experience engaging student learners in a large economics course at Tulane University. She explains how she creates opportunities for interaction between herself and her students regardless of class size.
Weiss argues that “one of the best ways to cultivate interaction is to literally go to where the students are.” As such, she suggests that faculty find ways to move out of the front of the room and to walk among students instead. Weiss discusses how she moves around the classroom connecting with her students while using her iPad and a program called Doceri to engage them in learning.
More strategies for fostering student engagement in large classes can be found in the Resources section of the Teaching Center website.