Online Engagement Strategies For Large Classes

Seminar Date: April 16, 2014 at 2:00pm


At the Center for Distributed Learning we often hear from faculty, “that’s a great idea, but it’ll never work for me because I teach such large classes.” Student engagement can be a challenge in any size class, but it can be overwhelming trying to reach hundreds of students individually when there’s only one of you. In this brief seminar, we will share a set of strategies that can be used to make the most effective use of your time to provide a personal touch to all of your students. We will provide specific examples using existing tools in Webcourses@UCF and share anecdotal experiences using these strategies with classes of over 1400 students. The strategies presented in this session were developed with large classes in mind, but they can be used successfully in any size class.


Carolyn A. Massiah, Ph.D.

Carolyn A. Massiah, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor
College of Business Administration
University of Central Florida

Dr. Massiah has taught marketing courses online and in mixed mode for the past eight years in UCF’s College of Business Administration. She routinely teaches reduced seating lecture capture classes of 1400+ students.

Wendy Howard Ph.D.

Wendy Howard Ph.D.Instructional Designer
Center for Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida

Wendy Howard is an instructional designer at UCF and facilitates faculty with the design, development, and delivery of online and mixed-mode courses. Her research focuses on blended learning, online collaborative learning, and global education issues.

Session Recordings and Supporting Materials


Full Adobe Connect recording [37 minutes; swf file]

(includes interactions between online participants as well as slides and synchronized audio)

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Presentation Materials

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