Let’s Have More Engagement From Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently met with one of my lecturers to discuss prospective essay titles for an upcoming assignment. Full disclosure: it was probably one of the most anxiety-inducing events of my month thus far (and I have the dubious pleasure of working in a bar during Twelve Pubs December) …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 29 December]

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Students Want More Engagement With Lecturers, Says New Report

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new national survey indicates that students are not satisfied with the amount of student-staff interaction they receive, with just over half of students surveyed saying they’ve never spoken to a member of staff about potential career paths …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 4 December]

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Screen them out?

Posted in Teaching on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One morning in 1986 I walked into a classroom in Trinity College Dublin to deliver one of my scintillating lectures. Just as I was about to start, the lecture theatre door opened and a student walked in carrying – no, I’ll say lugging – what turned out to be a so-called a ‘portable computer’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Universty Blog, 28 November]

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Note this, Students

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I read with interest the post by the ever-excellent Eugene O’Loughlin on student note taking. He notes, pun intended, a reluctance and resistance from students to taking notes, relying instead on the handed out powerpoints he creates. I agree, this is a common experience …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 26 September]


 Students Don’t Take Notes Anymore?

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While taking my usual perusal through the very funny Waterford Whispers News this morning I had a giggle at one of their latest posts: Fucking Loser In Front Of You Actually Taking Notes During Lecture. In this post a student who doesn’t take notes thinks others who do are ‘losers’ while scribbling rude drawings and checking out Snapchat and Netflix. Funny – maybe, but real? …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 26 September]


Stop Using PowerPoint, Harvard University Says It’s Damaging Your Brand And Your Company

Posted in Teaching on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“PowerPoint, the much maligned and misused presentation platform, is harming people’s perception of you and your brand, according to new research from Harvard University. The research team at Harvard conducted a double-blind study …” (more)

[Paul Armstrong, Forbes, 5 July]

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Dialogue in lectures

Posted in Teaching on April 26th, 2017 by steve

“This is not a post on whether the lecture is A Good Thing or not. Lectures happen. PERIOD! A paper by Anna Wood and colleagues at the Edinburgh PER group, along with a subsequent talk by Anna at Moray House has gotten me thinking a lot over the last year about dialogue and its place in all of our interactions with students …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 26 April]


In Defense of the Lecture

Posted in Teaching on February 27th, 2017 by steve

“Few have savaged lecturers as brutally as the Enlightenment-era printmaker William Hogarth. In Scholars at a Lecture, the presenter reads from his prepared text, his eyes down, indifferent to his audience. The budding academics are no more impressive; those in thrall to the lecturer’s nonsense have slack faces with lolling eyes and open mouths. The others don’t offer any critique but yawn, doze, or chat idly among themselves …” (more)

[Miya Tokumitsu, Jacobin, 26 February]


Hey student! Turn those lecture notes into cash!

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“I wrote here recently about the companies exploiting students and profiteering from helping them cheat. In similar vein there seems to have been a significant growth in websites which enable students to sell lecture notes to their fellow students …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 February]

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I banned PowerPoint – and I’m a better teacher for it

Posted in Teaching on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I banned PowerPoint in my undergraduate classes. No longer do I enter my classrooms and crank up the giant projection system to show my slides. Not any more do my students look up to see those bullet lists and standard templates on the screen …” (more)

[Paul Donovan, Irish Times, 31 January]

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… or not to lecture

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“In my previous post I wrote that even though research shows lectures to be less than effective in helping students to learn, they still persist in higher education. I also promised to blog about some of the alternatives when it comes to teaching very large groups, and here it is. The key question is: What can replace the lecture? …” (more)

[Learning with ‘e’s, 30 November ]


Shouldn’t lectures be obsolete by now?

Posted in Teaching on November 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Lectures remain by far the most common form of teaching in universities – right down to the way academics are called ‘lecturers’. But many predicted that digital technology would have killed off the lecture by now …” (more)

[Matt Pickles, BBC News, 23 November]

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Unconscious bias in education

Posted in Teaching on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“No, this is not about gender; it’s about something else entirely. It’s lunchtime and after two lectures in a row, I’m tired. I don’t always lecture in the conventional sense. Very often my ‘lectures’ are problem-solving sessions in which the students do the work and I float around helping them out …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 26 September]


Do Your Students Take Good Notes?

Posted in Teaching on September 24th, 2016 by steve

USA“Whether – and how – students take notes in class is an evergreen topic in discussions of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, I often find myself frustrated and annoyed when I’m explaining something in class and look out at a room full of students who are, admittedly, paying attention to what I’m saying but writing down not a single thing in their notes …” (more)

[George Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 September]


Facebook in the Classroom?

Posted in Teaching on August 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I don’t need a mirror at the back of my classroom to know that some students are checking Facebook (and other stuff) during class. I’m not a mind reader either, nor can I see the reflection of the Facebook screen in students’ eyes. So – while I have no proof that they are on Facebook, I just know that they are …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 17 August]

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Disintegration of Traditional College Lecture Negatively Affects Students

Posted in Teaching on July 15th, 2016 by steve

USA“As a doctoral candidate interviewing at a liberal-arts college some years ago, I rambled, waded through pages of notes, and completely lost my train of thought at one point during my job presentation …” (more)

[Christine Gross-Loh, The Atlantic, 14 July]


The lecture is being lost as students stay away

Posted in Teaching on May 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Empty seats are appearing in third-level classrooms across this country and farther afield. These same classrooms last September were bursting to capacity, full of the sounds of our best and brightest starting a new academic year. Now, at year’s end, anecdotal evidence suggests that one in every two students is not attending lectures …” (more)

[Paul Donovan, Irish Times, 3 May]


Students relying on online notes ‘just kidding themselves’

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“At the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection recently, Irish students’ over-dependency on online notes was criticised by Dr Greg Foley, an associate dean for teaching and learning at Dublin City University …” (more)

[Marie Coady, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Students, attendance and online notes

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We note with interest the debate in recent days regarding students’ experiences of third-level teaching and learning (‘Students have unrealistic expectations, academic says’, January 21st). Since 2008, we have collaborated with colleagues in a multi-institutional research project across Ireland examining students’ use of online learning systems at third level …” (more)

[Eamon Costello, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Attendance Rates for Third-level Lectures are Falling Due to Online Notes

Posted in Teaching on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students have unrealistic expectations, says Dr Greg Foley in last Thursday’s Irish Times, on ‘the level of work required to perform well in college’. He points to the amount of course notes that lecturer’s are making available online and the ‘growing dependency culture in which students rely on material posted on the internet by their lecturers’ …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 25 January]

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