December 02, 2016

The Personal Lecture

How to make big classes feel small

Students have complained for generations of feeling like nameless specks in a cavernous lecture hall. Faculty members often dread such a sea of blank faces. Now universities are experimenting with ways to liven up those classes.

The University of Georgia organizes faculty learning communities to help professors rethink the lecture.

Flipping the classroom has gotten the most attention, but professors have a variety of approaches in their toolkits to improve the student experience.