Support for Teaching Large Classes 

Economics professor Marirza Sotomayor lecturing to a large class

Online Training for Teaching Assistants

Online Training for Teaching Assistants

The Office of Teaching and Learning has created an online training module for students who would like to work as Teaching Assistants. This training is available to all faculty who use Teaching Assistants. This is a self-paced, autonomous training activity that provides an email notification to the lead instructor on completion. Students who participate in this training will gain a deeper understanding of the role of a Teaching Assistant, specific strategies for grading and providing feedback, and techniques for supporting small groups within large sections. The training also covers items such as FERPA, using Canvas, and general expectations of a Teaching Assistant. Contact for more information or to enroll students into this training opportunity.

Large Section Faculty Networking Lunch

The Office of Teaching and Learning is hosting a networking lunch for faculty who teach large classes. These events are offered each semester as a way to share ideas, discuss key issues, and meet other faculty. The next networking lunch is September 28, 12.00 to 1.00 p.m., LI 213. Email to sign up for this event and to let us know any dietary requirements

Join a Workshop to Spice Up Your Large Class!

The Office of Teaching and Learning is offering the following pedagogy workshops this Fall, which are relevant to faculty who teach on large sections. Please email to sign up!

  • Engaged Learning in Any Environment, September 22, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., LI 516
  • Pedagogical Models Masterclass: Team Based Learning, September 27, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., LI 505
  • Pedagogical Models Masterclass: POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning), October 26, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., LI 516
  • Get Flipped: Maximizing the In-Class Experience, October 27, 2:00 to 3:30, LI 516
  • Pedagogy Masterclass: Problem Based Learning, November 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., LI 515
  • Engaged Learning in Any Environment, November 15, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., LI 516

See for a full list of OTL workshops and events!

Did You Know?

UVU launched the Gateway Course Initiative in May 2016 to enhance student learning in large classes. Gateway Courses are defined as course that are foundational in nature, highly enrolled, and that sometimes present a risk to students (in terms of learning and completion). Each year, the Office of Teaching and Learning seeks five teams of faculty who wish to redesign their Gateway Course. Compensation and a full program of support is available for these team. To learn more, email

Join the Learning Circle for Teaching Large Classes this Spring!

In Spring 2017, the Office of Teaching and Learning will host a Learning Circle to read and discuss Teaching the Large College Class by Frank Heppner. This will be advertised early January but if you want to get your name on the list early, please email This session is capped at 15 participants, so it is a good idea to save your space in advance.

Online Tips for Teaching Large Classes