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Queen's University

Centre for Teaching and Learning

Large Classes

This year, more than 3,500 undergraduate students will begin their studies at Queen's! As enrolment numbers grow and expand, large class sizes are becoming increasingly common of post-secondary institutions . As a result lecturers can often anticipate classes of 100, 300, even 400+ students. Oftentimes, these classes are scheduled in large lecture theatres. Given these logistics, it's no surprise that large classes have historically been lecture-based. Many lecturers feel that as course enrolment increases the range of realistic teaching methods available to them decreases (Bligh, 1998). While large classes certainly face numerous challenges, a range of strategies specific to the unique qualities of these environments are conducive to create engaging, energized classes despite their size. 

Large Classes at Queen's: A Hot Topic

The topic of large classes is a popular point of debate and valued discussion. Understand the complex nature of large classes from a Queen's perspective:

Large Class Sizes Raise Questions: University administrators weigh in on class sizes and evolving teaching methods

Class Sizes Far too Large

Crowded Classes Cause Concern

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