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How Can You Make Big Classes Feel Smaller?

Zoë Cohen, who teaches a large class in physiology at the U. of Arizona, began sending personalized, supportive emails to students who failed the first exam. The “nudge,” as such a low-touch intervention is called, helped improve their academic performance, she says.
Zoë Cohen, who teaches a large class in physiology at the U. of Arizona, began sending personalized, supportive emails to students who failed the first exam. The “nudge,” as such a low-touch intervention is called, helped improve their academic performance, she says.

Emails, sent at key moments during the semester, are one strategy for helping personalize the large lecture.