Sargent Large Small Class Experience (2017 Archive)

Combining Large and Small Class Experiences in a First-Year Service Course

60 Minute Interactive Workshop


Pam Sargent – Dept of Mathematics, UBC Vancouver
Fok-Shuen Leung – Dept of Mathematics, UBC Vancouver


We explore a teaching model which combines large faculty-led lectures with small graduate student-led “recitations”, or problem-based classes. This model is used effectively in seminar-style courses at small, elite institutions. We describe how we have adapted it to first-year Mathematics courses at a large, public research university.