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Approaches to managing larger student numbers with fewer resources

Phillips, R. (2006) Approaches to managing larger student numbers with fewer resources. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 2006: Experience of Learning, 1 - 2 February 2006, University of Western Australia, Perth


Universities around the world are being asked to teach a wider and more diverse range of students with fewer resources. Typical responses to these pressures have been to work harder, increase class sizes or reduce contact hours, or all of the above, usually at the expense of educational quality and increased stress for staff.

However, it may be possible to reduce the overall cost of a unit while maintaining its educational quality. The Center for Academic Transformation in the USA has been developing alternative models for managing large classes for several years. These approaches have been shown to reduce teaching costs while maintaining and/or improving learning outcomes. Techniques include studio teaching methods, the use of workshops, changing the nature of face to face contact, peer study groups, using online communication facilities and web based testing.

This session will explore these approaches and present similar examples in use at Murdoch and elsewhere in Australia.

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