I was flicking through some TED talks today and the title ‘The 100 000 Student Classroom’ caught my attention!
It is a short TED Talk video from 2012 by Peter Norvig about his journey of designing and delivering an online course. The aim was to create a learning environment that felt like one on one tuition despite the fact they had over 160 000 enrolments.
This caught my attention because I had just been in a meeting with a school where they were debating some research that found that class size is not a determinate on student performance.
As you can imagine, the teachers were adamant that class sizes affected their ability to teach, and as a result the quality of the learning experience was diminished The school board where arguing that they could cut costs and increase revenue through increasing class sizes and used the research to validate the claim that student results wouldn’t fall due to the increase numbers in the classroom
To be honest, it wasn’t my favourite staff meeting I had been invited to present at!