Example of a large lecture class.


Frank Durham, associate professor of School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Course Objectives

The main goal of this course is to improve students’ writing skills, critical concepts for evaluating the various roles played by journalism in American History, and critical thinking skills to apply concepts to the understanding of the role of journalism in American history. The fully transformed course was completed in the Spring 2014


The average enrollment of this course: 150-250.


Liberal Arts & Sciences

Large Lecture Transformation

  1. Developed TILE digital curriculum to facilitate student learning in discussion sessions. The TILE digital curriculum was a series of activity-based instruction that incorporated images, cartoons, original historical documents, and videos that were related to the core concepts. It required students’ collaboration and create a report/summary for each task in the Wiki. Wiki was the main platform to present all learning materials, tasks, and store groups’ summaries or reports.
  2. Modified readings, assignments, lecture and discussion materials, and assessments to be well connected and cohesive to facilitate student learning.
  3. Revised homework questions to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and prepared class effectively
  4. Provided a student version of PowerPoint before each lecture. The student PowerPoint gave the outline for effective note taking during lecture.
  5. Provided a TA training to deliver digital curriculum effectively.
  6. The instructor provided ongoing support to teaching assistants to deliver the TILE curriculum effectively and address issues and challenges.

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