What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes?


Large Classes, Higher Education, College Programs


At many universities, that’s a large class.

It doesn’t really matter what the subject is. If it has 101 in the title, it’s going to be big.

And you know exactly what it’s like. Students file in and out two or three times a week. It is hard to keep track of who is or isn’t showing up. You never really even get to know their names. It’s also a lot to manage.

Giving out too many assignments creates a crushing workload, so there aren’t as many opportunities for you to assess learning and to ensure that students are on track.

It’s not what most of us would consider a recipe for success.

The discipline doesn’t really matter. Sizeable classes present sizeable challenges regardless of the subject matter.

That doesn’t mean that it is impossible to do it well.

It just means you have to be strategic about everything from class design and content delivery to class flow, assignments, and grading.

If you want to know how to do that, you’ll want to watch What Works & What Doesn’t Work When Teaching a Large Class?

Original Publication Citation

Griffin, Tyler J., Alford, Kenneth L. (2014). “What Works and What Doesn’t When Teaching Large Classes?” Magna Publication Inc. 20-Minute Mentor DVD, Madison, Wisconsin

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

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Magna Publications




Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor