The more, the merrier?

Charles E. Downing
Charles E. Downing

In challenging fiscal times, larger class section sizes often become more common.

As the number of students enrolled in a course section rises, one way to continue to deliver a quality educational experience for students is through the creative use of technology.

Charles E. Downing, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, will explore this topic Wednesday, Feb. 24, during a Presidential Teaching Seminar.

“Maintaining Impact While Increasing Reach: Technology-Based Strategies for Larger Classes” will present and discuss various technology-based methods Downing has used to attempt to maintain impact (quality educational experience) while increasing reach (number of students per section).

In his 22 years as a professor, Downing has taught more than 10,000 students in section sizes as small as 10 and as large as 310.

He will discuss techniques that include clickers, web-based operationalization of students helping students, media-rich interactive online materials, event credit and student-produced video tutorials.

The seminar, hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, takes place in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center.

Refreshments are served at 11:30 a.m. The presentation begins at noon. No registration is required, and all are welcome.

For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email facdev@niu.edu.

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