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Teaching large classes of engineering students

Authors Young, Ben
Lo, Irene Man-Chi
Issue Date 2004-05
Source Proceedings of the second teaching and learning symposium, Hong Kong, Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning Qaulity, and Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST, 17 May 2004
Summary 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.
Language English
Format Conference paper
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