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Strategies for Engaging Students in Large Classes

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Part of the Best Ideas in Teaching series at Southeastern University.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o
  • Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34353483@N00/174285859/
  • Tips from Michael Reksulak:WHAT: A practical summary of successful expectation setting strategies can be found in Sorcinelli (2002)*.Define expectations at the outsetthe challenge => “establishing both a pleasant atmosphere and a code of conduct”design an unambiguous and informative syllabus to clearly delineate behavioral boundariespermit students to help shape classroom policies by inviting reasonable suggestions and objectionsHOWDecrease (the expectation of) anonymity from day one“Background Questionnaire”“Knowing” to encourage civility in large classroom settingsConsider establishing a group of class facilitators
  • Life After Death by PowerPoint video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cagxPlVqrtM
  • Photo Credit:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsand/3361865626/
  • Here’s a strategy I’ve just started implementing . . . Not 100% confident it will work for everyone yet.At various points in your classes, ask students to stop & write down one key/surprising/interesting point using just 140 characters. After class, the students can use their Twitter accounts to tweet their points.
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    • 1. 10½ Strategies for Engaging Students in Large Classes
      Barbara B. Nixon :: Southeastern University
    • 2. A Vision of Students Today
    • 3. BeforeClass
    • 4. Review “Mugshots”
      1
    • 5. Get there early
      2
    • 6. Set clear expectations
      3
    • 7. During Class
    • 8. Follow 20-Minute Rule
      4
    • 9. Don’t stay glued
      5
    • 10. No Death by PowerPoint
      6
    • 11. Ask lots of questions
      7
    • 12. Have students share
      8
    • 13. After Class
    • 14. Use BlackBoard
      9
    • 15. Check pulse
      10
    • 16. What other tips do you have to share?
    • 17. Ideas from you?
    • 18. But wait . . . There’s more!
    • 19. The ½ strategy?
      10½
    • 20. Resources
    • 21. Links
      For a variety of additional tips on teaching large classes, see http://delicious.com/barbaranixon/TeachingLargeClasses
    • 22. Contact Me
      Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD)
      Assistant Professor of Public Relations
      Southeastern University
      Life Member & Past President of the International Listening Association
      E-mail: bbnixon@seuniversity.edu
      Twitter: barbaranixon
      Skype: barbara.b.nixon
      Blogs: publicrelationsmatters.com