Educational Technology

October 12, 2015

Promoting Engagement in Larger Classes

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Perry J. Samson, EDUCAUSE Review

A while back, I was asked to teach my department’s introductory course. It was called “Weather & Climate” and averaged about 30 students per semester. Over time I changed the curriculum to focus more on extreme weather and climate issues, and I retitled the course “Extreme Weather.” Now it averages about 200 students per semester. (Here is a marketing tip: add “extreme” to the title of whatever course you’re teaching if you’d like to increase the number of students in your class.) Faced with that many students, I soon realized that I would not know what they didn’t know until after the first exam and that my learning management system (LMS) did not provide me any information about what was happening in my classroom.

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