Enthrall in the Lecture Hall (Interactive Ideas for Larger Classes)
Many universities experience high enrollment in various courses, particularly in introductory courses. As a result, these courses are often taught in an auditorium setting or lecture hall, and may include class sizes of nearly 200 students. Professors often face the challenge of keeping students engaged when the main teaching strategy for these courses is usually a projector, screen, and podium. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a variety of strategies intended to allow interactive teaching and learning in a large classroom setting.
Strategies presented include grouping methods, large manipulatives, and kinesthetic methods, which allow students to be active participants in their own learning, even within a large class setting. Some examples include using beach balls that can be bounced from group to group as models, or to identify groups or individuals to answer questions, lucky prize drawings, and whole audience kinesthetic modeling of course concepts. While strategies discussed have been used primarily in science classes, the ideas can be modified for a variety of academic disciplines.