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Coffee Hour Seminar Series

Teaching in a Large Classroom



The Graduate College Coffee Hour Seminar Series brings together graduate students, faculty and professional staff from across Drexel's colleges, schools and centers for in-demand professional development workshops. Topics are intentionally selected based on their timeliness in relation to the academic cycle and their relevance to the specific needs of the graduate student population at Drexel. Contact with any questions or feedback related to the Coffee Hour Seminar Series.


This round of the series focuses on excellence in teaching and learning. This topic was selected based on recent feedback from a University-wide graduate professional development survey. Whether you are a teaching assistant looking to expand your knowledge of a topic or a non-traditional educator possessing a passion for teaching but do not have backgrounds in education, the Graduate College can support your learning endeavors and help you excel!


By participating in these workshops, you will learn how to:

  • Utilize theories developed from foundational research that inform us about the degree of effectiveness different approaches to teaching have in large and average size classrooms
  • Present yourself effectively as the class instructor
  • Accommodate different styles of learning
  • Engage students in successful learning activities
  • Use technology effectively to improve student learning
  • Create a syllabus that incorporates realistic goals, student learning objectives and reliable assessments
  • Incorporate "good" teaching practices across disciplines, that include goal setting, focused practice and focused feedback

Some of the benefits of attending these workshops include:

  • Meeting 21st century experts and influencers;
  • Networking with professionals within and outside of your academic discipline;
  • Receiving a certificate of completion by attending 4 of the teaching and learning workshops;
    • Online participants may view the live/recorded session and write and submit a one-page reflection report for each session to Dr. Tsz Kwok at;
  • Enhancing your merits for annual Teaching Assistant Excellence Awards; and
  • Enjoying a complimentary lunch!


Teaching in a Large Classroom

Friday, May 4, 2018
Graduate Student Lounge
Main Building, Room 010A (Basement)

Watch The Recording [YouTube]

Facilitated by:

Dr. Daniel King
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Description: Current educational research suggests that active learning approaches are more effective than lecture at promoting student learning. In this workshop, you will be introduced to several pedagogical techniques that can be used engage students in any classroom. You will also learn some ways to scale these techniques up for use in larger classrooms.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Tsz Kwok at