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Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Fri Feb 7 11:42:00 AEDT 2020
> On 5/2/20 10:30 pm, Karl Auer wrote:
>> ... Many "lecturers" ... add no value at all ...
On 7/2/20 8:11 am, Tom Worthington wrote:
> Yes, I gave my last lecture in 2008:
> Since then I have been working out how to move the boring bits online,
> and have more interactive things for students to do in the classroom (or
> These techniques may be useful, if students can't get to campus due to
> the Wuhan coronavirus.
At least the ANU's moved on a *little* bit.
In 1994-95, when I put to my Dean that I intended dropping several
lectures in my IS units in order to invest more in web-based resources,
he threatened to sack me.
For the record, I see lectures as continuing to have a place.
A person doing a fresh and enthusiastic presentation to introduce a new
unit of study, or a new segment of a unit, can help a lot of (not all)
students grasp what the unit's about, and energise them (if only
temporarily). And it's *much* easier to do enthusiastic presentations
when you're not doing all that many of them, and each seems a little
special, because it is.
Some students like to be in the same venue as the lecturer. But it's
fine if the usual 50-70% prefer to watch it streamed-live, or watch it
later. What matters is the liveness of the performance.
And students do like a lecture at the end of a unit of study.
They like it because they hope that:
(a) they might be able to tune back in, and recover lost time;
(b) the lecturer might drop hints about what's in the final exam.
And of course the skilful lecturer satisfies (b) - by re-emphasising
where the must-knows and should-knows are to be found in the course
materials (which is what the bulk of the final exam should focus on in
Maybe that'll tempt Liddy back into the fray again (:-)}
(Liddy, it's been *years* since you posted!).
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