Teaching and Assessing Large Groups


One of the most significant trends in higher education in recent years has been increasing student participation. Although most learners and teachers may prefer smaller classes and believe them to be more effective than larger ones, the cost and efficiency of large classes will ensure they continue. Therefore there is a need to identify the various issues and problems that are unique to large class teaching environments as well as strategies to overcome or minimize these problems so that large classes do not impact unduly on the quality of student learning.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop will facilitate you to:

  • experience and evaluate a range of active learning approaches which can be incorporated in a lecture with only limited preparation time available
  • discuss how to get questions, responses and feedback from students during a lecture
  • explore the assessment issues related to large classes and strategies to help streamline assessment and feedback processes and consider how technology might be applied to facilitate dealing with large class groups
  • discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing peer assessment when group assignments are used
  • explore specific examples of peer assessments
  • identify implications for your own practice


Who the workshop will benefit

This workshop is suitable for academic staff who work, or are about to begin working, with large class groups.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop key skills & competencies in students
Any pre-requisites / advance preparation required?

There are no pre-requisites for this workshop. However, you might find it useful to review Large Group Teaching: report on reflections on practice at NUI Maynooth.

Workshop duration: 2 hours
Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by Jen Harvey, Orla Hanratty and Claire McDonnell of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre.