What does an undergraduate classroom look like at your country?
In Bangladesh, the experience may differ according to universities.
I study at University of Dhaka. This is a public university.
Size of the classrooms: Bangladesh is a developing country, which can not spend much on her education sector. University of Dhaka, being a public university, suffers severely from lack of budget. There are around sixty students per classes in my department. The figure may vary from 15 to a whopping 150. The condition of many of the classrooms are poor, with broken benches, poor ventilation and so on.
Length of the classes: Most classes consist of one and a half hour. Some are longer. I am yet to attend any classes shorter in duration. To be honest, concentrating for this long feels like a burden to me.
Behaviour of the students: Most students are not attentive in the classroom, suffering from low attention span. Cellphones are not expected by the teachers. But many students use it anyway. Others gossip, or sleeps it away. Most students are not interested in attending classes, but they are rather obligated to do so for the fact that, there are 5% marks for attendance in each of the courses.
There are students from very contrasting backgrounds. The classroom presents a great platform to get to know about different perspectives.
Student-Teacher Relationship: There is a huge generation gap between the two sides. The students fail to connect with most of the teachers in a meaningful way. However, there are some exceptions. We do enjoy meaningful conversation with some of them.
How the teachers teach: Well, most follow the traditional way. Presenting a slide on the projector, drawing figures on the board and giving our lecture continuously for hours. However, some of them are trying to introduce new ways, like introducing online assignments, fun projects, open discussions and so on.
How the students respond: Most of them are just there waiting for the classes to end. A very few of the students actually ask questions and responds to what the teachers ask.
Relationship among the students: This is perhaps the most positive thing about the classroom. The students are really close (and helpful) to each other, unlike what I experienced during my higher secondary education.
An answer from Croatia.
Classrooms vary a lot, depending on the faculty and the course of studies.
I attended the Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb and studied the two courses that were very popular: English and Croatian. We were always in big classrooms during lectures because there were about 150 students in each course. When they were divided into groups (translation exercises, small literary courses...), we were in small classrooms fit for only 20 to 30 students.
The length of classes was either 45 or 90 minutes.
For Oxford the set-up is slightly different to most UK universities however I shall write about it here.
The size of the classroom - there are 3 main types of class:
- Lectures - about 120 max - everyone studying your subject in your year
- Seminars- about 20 students - everyone studying your specialism
- Tutorials - about 2 students - only the students in your college
The length of the classes - An hour for lectures. Seminar and tutorials can vary (can go up to 3 hours)
The behavior of the students -in lectures, there are of course a few who will be late, not turn up or muck around but only around 10%. However I studied a science subject, where you couldn't afford to miss lectures. I know in subjects such as Law, students were often encouraged by tutors to miss lectures (often because the tutor was going to cover the material in tutorial or because they had a different perspectives). In tutorials or seminars, you can't get away with not being there or not participating.
Student-teacher relationship - with your tutor, amazing. My tutor and I still talk, we are Facebook friends and he was my reference for my return to Oxford. With lecturer, hit and miss, but not close.
How the teachers teach - fairly traditional. There is very little interactive whiteboard teaching, some teachers still use the blackboard and overhead projector.
How the students respond - these lecturers are world experts in their field. Yes some of them are 80 or bumbling, but they are world experts #respect
The relationship among the students - with the 4 other students in my college. Amazing- we are incredibly close. However with the rest of my year, a few of them I still speak to, but not that many. Its all about the college environment.
I am in a medical college in the state of Gujarat, INDIA
The lecture hall picture of my college :
- most u/g classroom size can vary dramatically, and do, and the figures are also dynamic year to year. Particularly as it is often possible to study off-campus as well as on. In addition, it depends upon student demand, and also can be affected by whether it is a new or emerging unit of study
- go to any university website in Australia, and request all the information you list, most will quickly provide you up-to-date answers
- students are well-behaved in general, in my experience
- student-teacher relationships depend entirely upon the individuals involved: student/teacher, as it is a free society
- there is much individuality within teaching styles
- there is much individuality within student-learning styles
I attended the University of Notre Dame. I doubt seriously if there are two classrooms that are the same on the whole campus. So it is impossible to answer for one school let alone the nation as a whole. However, here are some pictures of various ND classrooms.