A lot of new thinking in education has involved moving away from the traditional lecture. A block to this movement is the belief that with 50+ student in a class there is no alternative. Another problem is that when you might say only 20% of people who lecture large classes are “good” at it, 90% of lecturers would agree with that, but see themselves as one of the 20%.
Eric Mazur is Physics professor at Harvard who despite having a large class and seeing himself as a “good” lecturer (he had evidence to back this) came to the following realization:
“I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material.”
There are ways to make the traditional lecture time a more interactive experience – even with large numbers of students.