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Research Report

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Paul Douglas and Ray McNamara (2002) Using computer technology as an aide to teaching large classes

School of Business Working Paper ; No. 6, 2002

© Copyright Paul Douglas, Ray McNamara and the School of Business, Bond University


Many areas of HE have recently experienced dramatic changes: class sizes have increased significantly; assessment techniques have changed; etc. Pressures like these make it more difficult than ever to provide quality teaching. Many ”traditional” tasks like providing good coursework feedback, preventing plagiarism, etc, are being squeezed by sheer pressure of work. Simultaneously, changes in the student body (e.g. more students without traditional entry qualifications) make good teaching more essential than ever. This paper will consider ways in which staff can use computer technology to to reduce the burdens associated with large class sizes. Although many of these techniques have been developed within IT departments, they can be just as valuable in Arts and Social Science faculties.



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