Large classes are common at Ryerson, and questions of how to successfully facilitate student learning and keep the classroom environment civil are common. The LTO has compiled numerous resources on this topic, as well as gathered together best practices from Ryerson instructors.
- A Survival Handbook for Teaching Large Classes
By Sallie M. Ives. Center for Teaching & Learning. University of North Carolina. 2000.
This guidebook covers many of the hurdles faced by teachers of large classes, such as dealing with a diverse classroom, combating the perceived anonymity felt by students in a large class group, managing distractions and time management.
- Teaching Large Classes
On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty. Science Education Resource Center. Carleton College.
Tips from faculty on keeping students engaged, making technology work for you, and getting groups to work well.
- Beating the Numbers Game: Effective Teaching in Large Classes
By Richard M. Felder. North Carolina State University. Originally presented at the ASEE Annual Conference. 1997.
"There are ways to make large classes almost as effective as their smaller counterparts. Without turning yourself inside out, you can get students actively involved, help them develop a sense of community, and give frequent homework assignments without killing yourself or your teaching assistants."
- Large Classes and the Perception of Fairness
The Office of Instructional Development. University of California at Santa Barbara.