Making Large Lecture Courses Interactive

The list below contains a variety of different media on this topic, from journal articles and books to brief opinion pieces from the Chronicle of Higher Education and videotapes of forums.  The subject matter includes social science research on how students learn (or don't learn) in large lecture courses, chapters on lecturing from teaching handbooks, the reflections and reports of lecturers who have experimented successfully with small group or discussion strategies in large classes, and polemics both for and against the lecture as a viable teaching format.


"What Students Think About and Do in College Lecture Classes." Teaching Learning Issues 53 (1984).

Brooks, David W. "Alternatives to Traditional Lecturing." Journal of Chemical Education 61(1984): 858-859.

Improving Lectures. Cashin, William E.  CFED newsletter 14 (1985). Manhattan, Kansas: Center for Faculty Education and Development, Kansas State University.

Is the Lecture a Dead Teaching Form?  Clayson, S. Hollis.  Apr 12, 1994. Video. Evanston, IL. Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University.

Dubrow, Heather and James Wilkinson. "The Theory and Practice of Lectures." The Art and Craft of Teaching. Gullette, M. M. ed. Cambridge: Harvard-Danforth Center, 1982.  25-37.

Dunn, Joe P. "Reflections of a Recovering Lectureholic." National Teaching & Learning Forum 3 (1994)

Frederick, Peter J. "The Lively Lecture - 8 Variations." College Teaching 34 (1986): 43-50.

Gleason, Maryellen.  "Better Communication in Large Courses." College Teaching 34 (1986):20-24.

Gullette, Margaret Morganroth.  "Leading Discussion in a Lecture Course:  Some Maxims and an Exhortation."  Change (1992): 32-39.

Hosley, Catherine J.  "How To Get Reactions From Students In Big, Impersonal Lecture Classes." Chronicle of Higher Education 1987, 15.

Lewis, Karron G.  Taming the Pedagogical Monster: A Handbook for Large Class Instructors.   Austin, TX:Center for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Texas at Austin, 1990.

Lowman, Joseph.  Mastering the Techniques of Teaching.  1st ed.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc., 1984.

McKeachie, Wilbert J.  "Lecturing." Teaching Tips.  Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Company,1986.  69-85.

Meredith, Gerald M.  "Two Rating Indicators of Excellence in Teaching in Lecture-Format Courses." Psychological Reports 56 (1985): 52-54.

Meredith, Gerald M.  "Intimacy as a Variable in Lecture-Format Courses." Psychological Reports 57 (1985): 484-486.

Merrill Library & Learning Resources Program. "The Large Class."Instructional Improvement 8 (1973): 1-3.

Monk, G. Stephen. "Student Engagement and Teaching Power in Large Classes." Learning in Groups. Bouton, C., and R. Y., Garth eds.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc. 1983.    7-12, 14.

Palmer, Stacy E. "The Art of Lecturing: A Few Simple Ideas Can Help Teachers Improve Their Skills."  Chronicle of Higher Education 1983, 19-20.

Rosenkoetter, John S.  "Teaching Psychology to Large Classes: Videotapes, PSI, and Lecturing."Teaching of Psychology 11 (1984): 85-87.

Silverstein, Brett.  "Teaching a Large Lecture Course in Psychology: Turning Defeat into Victory." Teaching of Psychology 9 (1982): 150-155.

Stanton, Harry E.  "Small Group Teaching in the Lecture Situation." Improving College and University Teaching 26 (1978): 69-70.

Weaver, Richard L. II.  "Effective Lecturing Techniques: Alternatives to Classroom Boredom." Teacher Educator 16 (1980): 2-8.

Weaver, Richard L. II.  "The Small Group in Large Classes." Educational Forum 48 (1983): 65-73.

Whooley, John.  "Improving the Lecture."  Improving College and University Teaching 22 (1974): 183-185.

Wick, John W.  "Making a Big Lecture Section a Good Course." Improving College and University Teaching 22 (1974): 249-252.

Zarefsky, David. Lecturing as Communication.1994. Video. Evanston, IL: Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University.

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