Hi everyone! I am sorry that this is my first post of the new school year; getting back into the swing of things has been more difficult for me this semester than in the past.
I would love to hear from everyone about how you deal with large class sizes. I am teaching a graduate course that only meets once a week for two and half hours. I love this kind of class, because I think there can be some really in-depth and meaningful discussion around the topics in the course. The only challenge with this is that I have 28 students, which quite unfortunately isn’t conducive to in-depth discussion. I have found myself lecturing on the material for the semester and something feels off about it. I am having a hard time engaging them in the same way I do my undergraduates. Is it the longer time frame? Not as much discussion as I would like?
Another challenge with this is that they almost all come from work, making them exhausted and even making a few of them uninterested. There is nothing I can do to change the set-up of the class (once per week, 2.5 hours, 28 students), so instead I am asking the hive mind what I can do, both this semester and if this occurs again in the future, to make it more interactive and discussion-oriented with such a large number. [One suggestion would be to break them up into smaller groups, but I have found this consistently lends itself to off-topic work and personal discussion.]