Incorporating active learning in large lecture classes

Large lecture classes present unique challenges and opportunities. A CSU San Bernardino instructional development grant enabled us to hire student assistants for our large-enrollment geography course in order to conduct small group discussions around a series of videos shown in class. After the student assistant- led discussions, some groups were called upon to report their discussions to the entire class. Student response to this innovation was positive; many of them enjoyed the opportunity to discuss a controversial topic.

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