Engaging Students in Large Classes

As promised, here are the links from last week’s session …

The presentation was done using Prezi (prezi.com), a tool that allows you to show the connection between the topics in your presentation. If you are a PowerPoint person and want to try your hand at Prezi, make sure you give yourself lots of preparation time. It’s a different way of thinking about content and your first presentation will take longer to prepare. It’s worth the effort, so keep at it. Note: When moving from element to element, make sure that the movement smooth and not too extreme … some people find if the movement is too fast or far it makes them nauseous.

Some of the other tools that I used during the session were …

socrative.com … lets students use their smart phone, tablet, or netbook to complete in-class quizzes, games, or end-of-class checks (we used it as a rubric to mark assignments)

presefy.com … allows students to follow your slides on their smart phones (we used it to allow groups to move beyond the classroom)

polleverywhere.com … lets students use their phone, smart phone, tablet, or netbook as a clicker (we used it to get participant’s perception on topical issues)

bubbl.us … online mind mapping tool (we used it to summarize what we covered during the session)

Another tool that may be useful to you when working with large classes is Grumblr, a spreadsheet that allows you to create student groups based on predefined criteria. It will generate different groups for every week of the term if that’s what you need.

About N. Nelson

A college professor with more than 30 years of teaching experience, I am constantly exploring how the current educational paradigm can be adapted to better meet the needs of today’s learners, while still reaching the mandate placed on us by the community and employers to prepare these students for life and careers beyond the college. I enjoy sharing my teaching experiences and expertise through Professional Development Workshops on topics such as Project-Based Learning, Flipping your Classroom, Impacting Student Success, Engaging Large Classes, and Stretching your Teaching Comfort Zone. I am also willing to share my experiences and expertise on the processes required to meet the updated CEAB engineering accreditation requirements.
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