Nov 29, 2012
Large lecture classes for beginning students are a fact of life. Their scale offers huge rewards, like watching a large group of people taking command of a new toolkit for thinking. It also offers (at least) three challenges: keeping students energized, drawing them into the Stanford community and into the intellectual community associated with their major, and helping them command a new toolkit they will use in advanced classes. I discuss three keys to meeting these challenges, focusing particularly on the 21st- century students.