Teaching large groups can be a challenge. In large group lectures it’s harder to keep students actively engaged, and to interact and have a personal connection with them.
Below are some techniques and tools you can use to foster interaction and active learning when teaching large groups. The links bring you to the appropriate way to blend page.
Stimulate student preparation
When a student is well prepared and able to follow along it is easier to maintain their focus. See the topics student activation and heterogeneity for more info and tips, or go straight ahead to some techniques, like flipped classroom, video, formative assignments, feedback methods or interactive course material.
Alternate content delivery and activities
You can make your lecture more dynamic by alternating between short blocks of content delivery and more interactive activities, like (group) discussions, questions or assignments. In this way you can ‘mix it up’ to keep students focused and to stimulate the use of higher cognitive levels of learning. Read more about stimulating interaction in the classroom. Online tools can also be helpful, especially quizzes.