Welcome to the seventy-fourth issue of The LTO Best Practices. Throughout the year, the Learning & Teaching Office spotlights a timely topic in education. This September, our topic is "Teaching Large Classes".
Check out our page of Teaching Tips handouts for more downloadable documents on a variety of teaching topics.
The teaching tips in this document were compiled from contributions from Ryerson faculty members at workshops hosted by the Learning & Teaching Office.
Here are some selected workshops from the LTO that may assist you in working with large classes. Please see our workshops page for a full list of upcoming programming.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, POD 372
There are unique and common challenges when teaching first-year students, which are independent of faculty, discipline or class size. First-year students make the difficult transition from excelling in high school to meeting the higher expectations of an undergraduate university course. Instructors must actively listen to keep first-year students engaged and feel supported in this challenging transition. This workshop is designed to give you the information, tools and advice you need to prepare for your first-year students. We will discuss best practices, common challenges, and the services available for first-year students.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, POD 372
Teaching large classes can be an amazingly rewarding experience but it poses challenges inside and outside of the classroom. Large enrollments can create student disengagement and feelings of alienation, which erode the student’s sense of responsibility, and lead to behaviors reflecting and promoting a lack of engagement. The logistics of larger lecture can also provide a challenge: how does one manage the administration of what resembles a small city? This workshop demonstrates how successful learning experiences in large classes rest on effective planning and monitoring, inclusive teaching, appropriate assessment, and active engagement by professors and students.
"The LTO Best Practices" is produced monthly by Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design and Research Strategist at the Learning & Teaching Office of Ryerson University.
Do you have any thoughts, suggestions, or best practices that you would like to see appear in this newsletter? Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to including your contributions in our next issue!
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