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.
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: