Here’s are the slides from this week’s workshop on Engaging Students in Large Classes. Remember that it is a combination of our behaviour and our expectations that frame what students expect from future large classes!
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.