Teaching & Assesment in Large Classes

Seminar Description

As enrolment increases many instructors find themselves teaching to a great number of students each year. In this three-part seminar, we will discuss techniques for ‘scaling up’ classroom activities, assessment strategies which are practical for large groups, and maintaining academic rigour.

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Upcoming Dates

Offering #1

1: Fri, Nov 2, 2018; 10:30 – 12:30 am
2: Fri, Nov 23, 2018; 10:30 – 12:30 am
3: Fri, Jan 25, 2019; 10:30 – 11:30 am


Offering #2

1: Fri, Mar 1, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
2: Fri, Mar 22, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
3: Fri, Apr 12, 2019; 9:30 – 10:30 am


Offering #3

1: Wed, May 22, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
2: Wed, Jun 12, 2019; 9:30 – 11:30 am
3: Wed, Jul 3, 2019; 9:30 – 10:30 am

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Outline common challenges of teaching a large student cohort;
  2. Create solutions to those challenges;
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the solution in your own context.

Resources

Introduction to
G Suite
(YouTube Video)

This 7-minute video provides an introductory description to the different uses of Google Apps in an education setting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMWrsRNveSI

Teaching Large Classes at College/University Level: Challenges and Opportunities
(Journal Article)

This journal article reviews the literature surrounding challenges and approaches to teaching large classes

https://journals-scholarsportal-info.libaccess.lib.mcmaster.ca/details/13562517/v15i0002/175_tlcacaulcao.xml

University of Waterloo’s Activities for Large Classes (Website)

From the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence, this resource describes a number of activities to implement in large classes.

https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/teaching-resources/teaching-tips/educational-technologies/all/activities-large-classes

Google Apps 2016 for Education Essential Training (lynda.com Course)

This 2-hour course covers a variety of Google Apps and how to incorporate them into your classroom.

https://www.lynda.com/Google-Apps-Education-tutorials/Google-Apps-2016-Education-Essential-Training/504793-2.html?org=mcmaster.ca