via Inside Higher Ed: When Less is MorePosted: October 6, 2010
This article would make a good starting-point for our upcoming CTE Brown Bag discussion of large sections and student learning. Unsurprisingly,
The results in analyzing student evaluations showed a clear (negative) impact of increasing class size. “[T]he larger the section size, the lower the self-reported amount learned, the instructor rating, the course rating,” the paper by Monks and Schmidt says. The same is true, to a slightly lesser degree, for instructors who teach more students overall (across all of their sections).
The comments are useful, too: are there ways to offset the losses in engagement through better teaching strategies? better technology? and so forth. But take a look, and please make it to our next Brown Bag, scheduled on Oct. 21 11:30-1 in 306 MD Anderson.