Oct 20 2008
Episode 3: "Shrinking" Large Classrooms
In this interview, Dr. Peter Saunders talks with Minjeong Kim, who teaches in the Health and Human Sciences department at Oregon State University. Learn how she gets to know her students and how she is able to effectively “shrink” the physical space of large classrooms.
00:39 Q: What courses and what levels do you teach?
01:10 Q: What’s the room like that you teach in? Is it tiered, with fixed seats?
02:25 Q: How do you connect with your students in these large rooms?
03:42 Q: Is it a daunting task to learn your students’ names?
06:09 Q: How do your students react?
07:17 Q: Is there a seating plan? Is attendance improved?
08:40 Q: What behavior improvements have you noticed?
10:12 Q: Could you tell me about the benefits of peer-to-peer teams?
12:13 Q: How does grading work?
16:51 Q: Who picks the team captain?
17:41 Q: Where do the team meetings take place?
18:56 Q: When do you form the teams?
20:05 Q: Do you see problems arise when some of the teammates who knew each other prior to class want to work together?
22:00 Q: Do you have any rules about teams in your syllabus?
24:39 Q: What kinds of assessment do you do?
29:47 Q: What other techniques do you use to engage your students? (Storytelling, creating a business plan for a sushi restaurant)
36:00 Q: Anything else you’d like to share with instructors or GTAs?
37:44 Q: Can you tell me how you move around the room?