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Title: Teaching large classes of engineering students
Authors: Young, Ben
Lo, Irene Man-Chi
Keywords: Engineering education
Large class teaching
Passive student
Issue Date: May-2004
Citation: Proceedings of the second teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong (May 17, 2004), Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Qaulity, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST, 2004
Abstract: The face-to-face lecture is the conventional means of teaching large groups of students. However, it the large class is a great challenge to student learning and instructor teaching. Asian students are relatively passive compared with Western students due to cultural differences. Hence, teaching passive Asian students in a large-class setting adds to the challenge of delivering effective lectures. To cope with this challenge, the authors developed a 7-MUSTs teaching approach for large engineering classes in Asian countries that includes: (1) have a heart for students; (2) spend time preparing for lectures; (3) present well in lectures; (4) always make students think in lectures; (5) have two-way communication/interaction in lectures; (6) get feedback from students; and (7) always think of ways to improve. The authors have been using the 7-MUSTs teaching approach and obtaining good teaching evaluations from students in Hong Kong and Singapore. This proves that the 7-MUSTs teaching approach is both useful and successful.
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