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Saturday, February 17, 2018 • Virginia Tech, Virginia USA

We are excited to offer the Conference on Teaching Large Classes in conjunction with the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. For more information about the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, visit

Conference on Teaching Large Classes

The Conference on Teaching Large Classes focuses on teaching and learning practices and research related to large classes - both face-to-face and online. The conference is a showcase for best practices in teaching and learning in large classes, as well as the research that provides evidence of best practices. In addition to current teaching and research sessions, the conference also hosts conversation sessions that allow presenters to introduce a particular topic and facilitate the sharing of relevant ideas, innovations, practices, and evidence. Ultimately, the conference provides knowledge and skills related to the teaching of large classes that participants will find immediately useful.

Do you already teach or are you new to teaching large classes? Do you have wisdom to share or are you in search of wisdom related to teaching large classes? If so, this conference is for you! The Conference on Teaching Large Classes is designed to be practical, research- and practice-based, social, and useful. Please join us as we share our collective knowledge, practice, innovation and achievement related to teaching large classes in order to foster deeper and more integrated learning in our students.

General Information

Conference:Saturday, February 17, 2018
Welcome Reception:Friday, February 16, 2018 (6:00 - 7:30pm)
Where:The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who:Faculty, Instructional Designers, and Administrators
Proposals Due:Friday, September 1, 2017
Notifications Sent:Late-September 2017

Contact Information

Conference ChairCo-ChairCo-Chair
Leslie Williams
CIDER Coordinator
111 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech
Tiffany Shoop
CIDER Associate Director
107 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech
Danielle Lusk
CIDER Associate Director
111 Hillcrest Hall
Virginia Tech
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What's a "Large" Class?

Is a large class 50 students? 100? 500? A large class is less defined by form and more defined by function.

A class is large when it becomes challenging to engage with students as individual learners.


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