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Making Lemonade: Exploring the Bright Side of Large Lecture Classes

Summary: Making Lemonade:
Exploring the Bright Side of Large Lecture Classes
Steven A. Woltman
Computer Science Department
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
wolf @cs.washington.ed u
Pedagogy of large lecture classes has traditionally focussed
on deemphasizing the problems their size creates. This ap-
proach has yielded valuable practical advice for instructors.
However, this paper argues that there are pedagogical ad-
vantages to the large lecture format and that exploiting these
advantages can further improve classroom instruction. I
present some advantages of large classes and anecdotes that
demonstrate how to exploit these advantages.
1 Introduction
At a college football game in 1981 cheerleader Rob Weller
encouraged audience members to stand up in a moving cir-
cular pattern that traveled around the stadium. The result


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences