More thoughts on class size…

Good afternoon all,

Two days ago, I wrote a post about the importance of small class size for General Education courses. I still believe this is true, but Inside Higher Ed has written about a new study showing how larger class size does not negatively affect the overall student experience, at least at online institutions. Can one study done at DeVry prove this? What does this mean for faculty?

Personally, as a General Education Program Chair and Professor, I can agree with what some of these studies say. Though not always popular with faculty, the larger online courses do not seem to bother our students. In fact, many respond that they like the interaction and energy that comes from these larger courses. So do we need to look at online learning in a very different way? Should we not model our class sizes based on what we know from on-ground courses?

Here is the story in Inside Higher Ed, and thank you — please feel free to share your thoughts!

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