Large online classes should teach basics, small classes are best for complex knowledge: Study

October 10, 2019

A recent American study asked how postsecondary institutions can determine “the right balance between an institution's financial goals in online education courses (i.e., raising enrollment levels) and the quality of the education experience for online students." The study revealed that although there is no “one-size-fits-all” rule for determining online enrolment caps, "pedagogical intent should dictate class size." Specifically, researchers discovered that large classes of 40 or more students are best for "foundational and factual knowledge acquisition." Alternatively, smaller online classes of 15 students or fewer are best for the development of “higher order thinking, mastery of complex knowledge and student skill development." Campus Technology (International)