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An experience of applying active learning to large classes

Lee, Hyowon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-4395-7702 and Hacioglu, Naile (2023) An experience of applying active learning to large classes. In: PHELC 2023 - Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes, 7June 2023, Dublin, Ireland & Online.

We share our experience of applying some of the active learning techniques typically used in small classes, to a large class across 2 semesters (174 and 165 students respectively) in a traditional lecture hall setting. While some of the techniques require institution-level support thus limited in what an individual lecturer can instrument in large classes, there are ones that can be readily applied and still be effective without considerable cost in running them. In particular, increased use of questions and answers throughout the lectures for sustained engagement and weekly reflection journal keeping by students as an additional, individualised feedback channel worked well despite the size of the classes. Pedagogical techniques well-advocated in the active learning community that are also cost-effective in large classes in enhancing engagement and learning will be a useful venue for further investigation especially if they do not require major restructuring of the institute’s pedagogy infrastructure.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Other
Uncontrolled Keywords:Active learning; Pedagogy; Large class; Active learning; Large class; Use of questions; Reflection journal; Learning log
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in: PHELC Symposium 2023 - Pedagogy for Higher Education Large Classes, Proceedings. 1. PHELC.
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8014404
Copyright Information:© 2023 The Authors.
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real) under Grant No. 18/CRT/6224
ID Code:28921
Deposited On:17 Aug 2023 14:49 by Hyowon Lee . Last Modified 17 Aug 2023 14:49

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