Slide-less Lectures and the Challenge of Peer Instruction in Large Classes

Published: 11 February 2019

Dr Julie Williamson leads a CCSE reading group discussion by presenting her new style of teaching level three students and sharing her experience of implementing it with a large cohort.

DATE: 11th February 2019
TIME: 13:00-14:00
LOCATION: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

As many lecturers have experienced in recent years, growing class sizes makes it ever more difficult to deliver an individual and tailored learning experience for students. In my own experience, peer instruction has been very successful at providing more engaging lecture formats and encouraging participation during class.  However, there may be an upper limit when peer instruction breaks down and social anxiety prohibits widespread participation. To try a new technique to engage students, I am redeveloping my lecture slides for my third year class in a new powerpoint-free format. I am hoping that this alternative approach will continue to support discussion and individual learning without requiring direct participation. During this talk, I will review my experiences with peer instruction, describe my motivations for the new content design, and show a side-by-side comparison of a typical lecture.


The following slides are provided to demonstrate the difference between the old and new approach to teaching IS(H)

ISH Lecture 1 - 2018ISH Lecture 1 - 2019


First published: 11 February 2019