Questions tagged [large-lecture]

For issues related to teaching courses with a large audience, say, 100+ students.

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How to prepare for lecturing in a non-fluent foreign language?

I am giving some lectures on a calculus course in Norwegian. My Norwegian (or, rather, Scandinavic) is good enough to do so mostly without resorting to English, but I would, of course, like to improve....
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Formats for Calculus instruction at different colleges and universities

In the comments under another question, a couple of people expressed interest in how Calculus is taught at the University of Michigan. I'm not convinced a question that narrow is appropriate for this ...
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Pacing your teaching for a variety of learning speeds

I am often tasked with teaching large enrollment courses, and one thing that becomes obvious quickly is that students attempt to pick up new information and solve problems at much different rates. ...
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What to do when all the other teachers fail?

I'm teaching first semester algebra, the majority of the students share the rest of the classes. Sometimes I want to take examples from other courses so they can see that everything intertwines, but ...
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Is there a critical class size for student participation (students perspective)?

I recently asked a question on the use of clickers and one comment I got was: I have a very low-tech clicker technology I use in all my classes. When a student doesn't understand something I say, ...
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Why don't all teachers use clickers?

As a school project we've developed a web based tool (similar to a clicker) which helps the teacher understand how large proportion of their students actually understand what she/he says. Now we've ...
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How much of a lecture do the students understand on average

I know from my own education that the information understood from traditional lectures is usually much less than what the teacher is trying to convey. This is especially true in "hard" lectures such ...
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What should you do if you lose your student's exam?

Several times, I have come close to losing a student's Calculus exam. These exams are usually common exams, with everyone grading 100's of stacks. I've had exams go in wrong piles or get squished in ...
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How to standardize grading across several sections of a course?

Suppose you're the instructor of a large university course split into several sections, each of which has a TA. (Think of a giant lecture-style calculus course with several hundred students that meet ...
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