Creative Strategies for Addressing Increased Class Sizes

Creative Strategies for Addressing Increased Class Sizes | Teaching Dialogues

April 19, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Graduate Students, Instructors
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In the past three years, the average class size for an undergraduate course at Berkeley has grown 15%, with some courses growing much faster. A new report from the Center for Studies in Higher Education suggests that the UC system may have reached a “tipping point” with regard to rising costs, rising enrollment, and decreasing funding. In the meantime, instructors must make the best of a difficult situation, balancing their teaching and learning goals against practical and logistical challenges.

How are Berkeley instructors handling growing class sizes, in different disciplines and at different scales? How do we preserve quality and continue to foster deep learning when resources are scarce or non-existent, when you become more and more removed from individual students, and when there’s a disconnect between the course design and classroom reality? How do we build in processes or strategies that allow us to be nimble, leverage the supports we do have, and/or get more creative with our teaching activities?

Join us for an open, informal dialogue with colleagues from across campus. Hear from a panel of faculty who represent different ends of the “scale” spectrum and bring your own questions and ideas.


  • Kurt Spreyer, Environmental Science Policy Management
  • Emily Zazulia, Music
  • Robin Ball, Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Josh Hug, Computer Science
  • Moderated by Rita Conrad, Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm.

Series description

Teaching Dialogues is a regular series of campus-wide discussions on pressing topics related to teaching and learning, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching.

All faculty, graduate students, and academic staff are welcome and encouraged to participate.

See recaps and recordings of past dialogues and other AIS programs.