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Large Class Survival Guide

Large class survival guide

A large sized class can have its unique set of challenges in teaching and learning remotely. Follow the links in our Large Class Survival Guide for a compilation of tips for preparing and delivering your large sized course. This guide is organized by the key phases of your course during a semester.

Action Resource
Set up:  
  • Your course syllabus and course ‘hub’

Planning your course framework

  • Your course readings through the Library’s e-reserve service
The Library’s e-reserve service
  • Your course assessments and grades
D2L Brightspace: assessments and grades tools
  • Your course communication tools (announcements, discussions, etc.)
D2L Brightspace: communication tools
Create:  
  • A plan for delivering your content and course activities (and update your course shell, as needed)
Redesign for remote teaching: Content delivery
  • A strategy for requesting course shell(s) for multi-section courses
google docCourse shell request strategies for large classes, external link
  • A plan for working with your TA/GAs
google docWorking with TA/GAs in large classes, external link
  • A plan to help students navigate the course and stay on track
google docSetting the stage for student success, external link
  • A welcoming course environment for your students by introducing yourself
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
Consider (if you have more time):  
  • Gamifying your course
google docUsing gamification to engage students in large online courses, external link
Action Resource
Share:  
  • Course and learner expectations
google docCourse navigation and management, external link
  • Resources on being a good remote learner
PDF fileOnline learning: checklist for students
  • An opportunity for you and learners to get to know each other through an icebreaker
google docBuilding community in large classes: social presence, external link
  • A way for you to assess your students technological readiness
google docUsing the Student Technology Survey for your class, external link
Create:  
  • A FAQ document and discussion area for students to refer to throughout the course
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
Action Resource
Regularly:  
  • Deliver your weekly course materials
Redesign for remote teaching: Content delivery
  • Hold meetings with your TA/GAs
google docWorking with TA/GAs in Large Classes, external link
  • Update your students to keep them informed
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
  • Manage student emails and communication 
google docCourse navigation and management, external link
  • Update your FAQs document
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
  • Reach out to new or at-risk students through automated emails
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
Provide:  
  • Feedback on course activities and assessments
D2L Brightspace: Entering grades and feedback (in the grades tool)
  • An opportunity for students to learn from each other in small study groups
google docBuilding community in large classes: social presence, external link
  • Guidelines for group projects
google docBuilding community in large classes: social presence, external link
  • Office hours to support students
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
  • An opportunity for students to give you feedback on the course
google docBuilding community in large classes: instructor presence, external link
Action Resource
Submit:  
  • Final grades from D2L to RAMSS
D2L Brightspace: Final grades