Active Learning in Large Classes

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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Active Learning in Large Classes
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Author:Inge Li Gørtz <ilg@imm.dtu.dk> (DTU Informatics)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054560
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054561

In this paper we present our ideas of how to use active learning in the lectures when teaching large classes, and describe how we successfully have in a second semester course in the DTU Diploma and Civil Engineer program at the Technical University of Denmark. By large classes we mean classes with more than 50 students (in our course there is approximately 200 students attending the lectures). The main idea is to use inductive, case-based learning, with many small exercises/discussions during the lectures. We describe a framework for the lectures, that most lectures in the class were based on.