Maintaining student engagement in large lectures

Students will often report that they prefer learning and teaching in small group environments.



Very few HEIs have the resources to be able to use this approach as a standard procedure and most of us need to use large lecture formats as part of our approach. In large lectures it can be easy for students to be present but not engaged. You can use this prompt sheet from BCU to structure a discussion within your team about ways to ensure maximising student engagement in your large lectures.

The model is divided into three distinctive sections of before, during and after. Following this model will ensure a more intensive student engagement during large lectures.

Poor engagement with the taught programme is often associated with lower levels of retention and success. Maximising student engagement in large lectures where non-engagement can easily go unnoticed is an important way of supporting diverse groups of students.

Source: Birmingham City University