I see the instructor’s role at the undergraduate level as both a lecturer and a coach. Besides presenting the course material in a structured and digestible manner, an effective course instructor will also engage with students interests, provide students with helpful constructive feedback, help them acquire useful skills such as good working habits, without taking anything away from students own responsibility for accomplishing their academic goals.
Aside from exams, other graded activities are mostly aimed at providing students with feedback or incentive. Although it is students’ responsibility to organize themselves, the instructor can help by making the schedule regular and providing weekly incentives to review the material. My weekly quizzes are much appreciated in this regard. They provide students with regular feedback and help me gauge their progress.
In large classes, most of the feedback students receive comes from teaching assistants (TAs). Hence, their work is of great value. In addition to providing TAs with clear marking instructions, and I like to provide them with encouraging but constructive feedback on their work the way I want them to provide feedback to students.
In addition to students knowledge acquisition, their skill acquisition are also of importance. There are some basic skills that students in economics must develop during their undergrad years, and it is instructors’ responsibility to communicate with each other and make sure we provide students with the opportunity to develop those skills in the most relevant courses.