NERCOMP event on learning strategies for large lecture classes

What is the first thing you think of when thinking about large lecture courses? A sea of lost faces? Students falling asleep, facebooking, texting or cheating on exams? Large lecture courses are sometimes treated as the neglected sibling or a “necessary evil” in higher education.

What if it were possible to make large lecture courses more engaging while maintaining a sustainable workload for faculty and staff members who run them? What lessons can we learn from MOOCs that might be applicable back at home on campus?

These questions are the topic of an event to be held December 9 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst by the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). For more details, see