Teaching and Learning in Large Classes

James T. Colbert, Iowa State University

This article is from Teaching at ISU 13 (2001): 1-3. Posted with permission.

Abstract

There are several crucial questions one might wish to ask about large classes. The first is: "Should we be teaching large classes at ISU?" This is an important question because it involves time and resource issues, as well as issues related to student engagement and learning. I'm not going to address this question- it's a question for those "higher up on the food chain'' than I. The second question is: "Do we teach large classes here at ISU?" The answer to that question is, of course, a resounding ''yes., That leads to a much more difficult question to answer, and the one that I actually wish to address in this article.