3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2020 8:31 AM by Michelle Donahoo

    Class size

    Melissa Twente

      Is there a minimum number of students for a class?  Do you feel that a class runs better with a certain number of students?

        • Re: Class size
          Sean Smith

          1. No.  You may run a class with one student.

          2.  Given the significant hands on component, I prefer to limit the upper number of students to 4 or 5 absolute max to ensure a quality learning, assessment, and feedback experience for each student.   As far as an optimum certain number of students, it is highly variable.  I think it is up to the Instructor to dynamically create  optimum learning, assessment, and feedback experiences for each individual student as well as the class as a whole, regardless of either the class size or the relative knowledge/experience levels of the students in the class.

          3.  What are your thoughts?

          • Re: Class size
            Tina Pennington

            I have done classes with 1 person, but do not recommend it on a regular basis.  NRP is a team sport-therefore you need a team to accurately simulate a resuscitation. 3-4 people is best, but I will do up to 8 and have 2 teams.  One watches while the other simulates.

            • Re: Class size
              Michelle Donahoo

              I try to keep it at the recommended 4 participants for 1 instructor.  Makes it easier. I have done it with one person before just not ideal learning.  I have done classes with max of 6 but that isn't preferred.   I set up our courses with 4 people for 2 hours every 30 minutes and run 5 instructors.  one for each performance skill station which is 20 minutes long (PPV/Pulse Ox/Oxygen, Intubation/LMA, CC & Meds) then an hour long Integrated skill station.  so people come at 10, 1030,11, 1130, 12 and so on depending on sign ups for the month.  Best way I could manage a large number of students to all come in one day.  We will routinely have 25 people in class but sometimes up to 40 depending on month.