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Effective Teaching & Learning in the Large Classroom Setting

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 1:00-5:00 PM
AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis (55 Fourth Street), Salons 12-13



This active-engagement half-day workshop will focus on philosophy, strategies, techniques, assessment, and available resources on effective teaching and learning in large classrooms. In the current financial and education environment, many institutions are implementing larger classes, which present a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Participants will leave this workshop armed with research-based knowledge and practical advice from the leaders and the geoscience education community about what does, and does not, work well in the large classroom setting. Cost: $25.


Register for this workshop via the AGU website.

Pre-workshop Survey

If you are registered for the workshop, PLEASE complete a brief online survey, prior to the workshop, telling us a bit about the large classes you teach. This will allow us (Randy Richardson and Carol Ormand) to tailor the workshop program to participants' needs and interests.


1:00 - 1:20 Opening remarks, goals, and introductions: Carol Ormand and Randy Richardson

1:20 - 2:20 Engaging Students in Large Classes (Acrobat (PDF) 1.8MB Dec5 12): Carol Ormand

Following a brief presentation on strategies for engaging students in large classes, participants will begin developing interactive lecture exercises for their own teaching. We will share these exercises in small groups.

2:20 - 3:00 Motivating Students in Large Classes (Acrobat (PDF) 2.4MB Dec5 12): Carol Ormand

Following a brief presentation on the research about motivation, participants will reflect on opportunities to incorporate motivating tactics in their own teaching, and share these ideas with colleagues who teach in similar settings.

3:00 - 3:20 Break

3:20 - 4:20 Assessing Student Learning in Large Classes (Acrobat (PDF) 1.5MB Dec5 12): Randy Richardson

"What do you want students to be able to do?" "How will you know that students can do what you want them to be able to do?" Assessment addresses these key questions. In this session we'll look at one-minute-essays, conceptests, lecture tutorials, clickers, multiple choice / Scantron exams, and cooperative exams. Participants will choose one assessment type and begin to see how to apply it in a large class. We'll then break into groups based on assessment type and share and revise our plans.

4:20 - 4:45 Classroom Management (Acrobat (PDF) 1.1MB Dec5 12): Randy Richardson

Classroom management can make or break the large classroom experience. We'll look at how to use the syllabus to set expectations, how to deal with disruptive behavior, and how to re-think exams.

4:45 - 5:00 Wrap-up and workshop evaluation

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