University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

On Teaching seminar focuses on active learning in large classes on April 10

Many faculty want to employ more active learning strategies in their classes, but large class sizes pose a challenge. Have you found yourself asking questions like these?

  • What meaningful activity can I do in a lecture bowl with chairs bolted to the floor?
  • How can I get 150 students to do something that gets them to interact with the content?
  • How do I know when they are genuinely engaged with the activity and then how do I get them to stop?

In this On Teaching seminar, faculty members using active learning in large classes will share their experience. These faculty members have gained new perspectives while teaching in UND’s SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) classroom in O'Kelly 61, which seats 180. They will share their experiences from SCALE-UP, focusing on those strategies that can be translated to any large (or small) classroom space.

If you have found effective ways to engage large classes with active learning, or if you want to learn how, please join us. The discussion takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Memorial Union Badlands Room.

Please register by Monday, April 8, at noon to attend and reserve a lunch. Visit the Office of Instructional Development online ( to register. For information contact Jana Lagro at 777.4998 or

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