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I don’t know what to say to a statement like that. I don’t want to discourage their attempt to show how progressive a thinker they are… but I also don’t want people thinking that Educational Development equates to anti lecture!
For the record, I think lectures are great, and I like the readings/lecture/tutorial model for teaching and learning.. when done well. But I do agree that there could be more to a lecture than the usual 1 hour in a theatre, blink and you miss it type affair..
Apart from those flippent and strangely self concious remarks we get from the occasional visitor, the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of teachers I have ever worked with prodominantly use some variation of the lecture tutorial model. So while we do challenge people to reconsider their lectures a bit (ideas such as breaking the usual 1 hour lecture into a series of 6 x 10 minute lectures, webcast lectures, audio/video recorded lectures, well produced movies that say the same things, guest lectures and student lectures, and just simply improving the use of slide presentations… in all these instances we are sticking with simple variations lecture format.
Below are some links to concepts for new ways of presenting the lecture, some are good, some are terrible, some are a good idea with room for improvement:
Early on in this course, many of us were enthusiastic for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’ s article The Art of Building Virtual Communities. The tips in that article have received wide acclaim in the comments and other people’s blogging.
We were lucky to have Sheryl join us with a 10 minute lecture and then discussion on Tuesday 4 September 12:00 Noon Auckland time, or for Sheryl, that’s Monday, 3 September 2007 at 8:00 p.m New York time.
Here are the recordings:
Original files and other formats from Archive.org
MP3 recording of Sheryl’s talk – 5.2meg / 29 minutes
MP3 recording of discussion – 5.5meg / 30 minutes
Elluminate recording – 1 hour / no password needed
Slides on Slideshare Sheryl?
This week’s guest lecture was a biggy. We were very lucky to have the famous Nancy White talk with us from the lovely Seattle USA on Tuesday 12noon NZST.
Nancy suggested that we watch this animation about Peer Assist before we met. (After you click play, the movie will have to load a little before it starts playing. If you are on dial up, right click and save the movie file to your computer).
It was a very inspiring and engaging talk and Nancy got it in at under 15minutes! That’s the best so far 🙂 Here are the recordings:
- MP3 audio of Nancy’s talk – 2.7meg / 15min
- MP3 audio of discussion after the talk – 6.3meg / 35min
- Elluminate recording – (no password needed)
- Slides on slideshare
James Farmer joined us for the first in a series of 10 minute lectures relating to the facilitation of online learning communities. James talks about identity and ownership in online learning. Specifically comparing typical learning management system environments to blogs.