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Why lectures?

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A recent article on the BBC News website asks why lectures aren't obsolete. It seems strange that although research points to their ineffectiveness as a method of learning, lectures still figure predominantly in higher education. The third concerns the nature of the lecture itself.

or not to lecture

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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. The key question is: What can replace the lecture? Worse still, they may decide not to attend lectures at all.

Best Lecture

Tony Karrer

I just read George Siemens post Will online lectures destroy universities? He makes the point that despite articles like Why free online lectures will destroy universities – unless they get their act together fast : Statements like “universities are obsolete” or “universities are dying” are comical. And this is something that I’ve been thinking (and writing – see Physics Lectures ) about for a long time. Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning? ).

Inspire to learn

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In fact, as a lecturer working in higher education, I consider myself to be a professional learner. All of my content is licensed under Creative Commons, so that others who wish to, can freely use it, repurpose it, and redistribute it without cost.

Opening Pandora's box

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It started off in sedate style a few years ago, when several students began to ask if they could audio record my lectures and seminars to play back later. Soon students were tweeting the highlights and soundbites of lectures, and now they are liveblogging entire sessions from start to finish.

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You are what you tweet

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I related the story of a student with a protected Twitter account , who felt it was acceptable to post disparaging tweets about his lecturers and university. One of the topics we discussed at our social media panel session at the BETT Show 2016 was its dangers and pitfalls.

Visions, values and video streaming

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The schedule of sessions is here (all times are British Summer Time - GMT+1) 19 April (1630-1800) Dave Strudwick (Headteacher of Plymouth School for the Creative Arts ) and Steve Wheeler.

Twitter in the classroom

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If I wanted to hide behind technology, I would stay at home, and use my laptop and ''death by PowerPoint'' to lecture to my students from a safe distance. During the lectures, I encourage students to interact with each other and the speakers by using Twitter as a backchannel.

Digital capabilities and curiosity

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My own pointed comment later in my own keynote was that disengagement and distraction during lectures is probably more a symptom of the dull nature of some lectures than it is about the attractiveness of personal devices.

Streaming learning events

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We are live streaming all of the keynote lectures for the next few weeks for our Visions and Values module - with a focus on educational philosophy, theory and practice. Dave Strudwick education learning livestreaming Plymouth School of Creative Arts PSCA school teachers Technology web

The future of universities #EDENchat

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Is the predominant style of teaching at universities still the lecture, or are other methods coming to prominence? Universities have never been under so much pressure.

The State of Instructional Design

Tom Spiglanin

Once someone has become expert using a particular tool, whether it’s bullet-point slides and lecture, classroom facilitation skills, a fully featured elearning production suite, or a rapid development tool, they tend to use it to the exclusion of all other solutions.

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

When professors finished their lectures, the real learning began in study groups and teaching assistants’ office hours. This work by [link] is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Question Time!

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Education lecturers Kelly Davis, Phil Selbie, Miles Opie, James Bettany and Kath Vineer all featured, taking the stage to field questions about education, testing, curriculum, philosophy and politics.

Going off road

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I always have an idea of what I'm going to cover in my lectures and seminars, but I rarely write anything down, preferring to keep several ideas in my head so that I can respond quickly and flexibly if the situation demands it. Veering off the beaten track is something I often do.

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Capturing the moment

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In the room there were lecturers in economics, politics, sociology, psychology and education. It was a great pleasure to give the opening keynote at the Social Science special interest group Higher Education Academy conference yesterday in Manchester.

Teaching and learning through dialogue

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Most importantly, they conversed with me rather than lectured. One of the lecturers in the first year of my undergraduate degree inspired me to learn more and to push myself to my limits to become more knowledgeable in my subject area. "Dr

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I live and work in the future, but I come home at weekends

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It has been the subject of a number of research collaborations over the years, and is something he lectures upon to students on a range of Education courses within the University.

This time it's personal

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If you are a student you may be sat in the same classroom or lecture hall as many other students, and listening to the same content, but you interpret it differently to everyone else. Personal. Idiosyncratic. Individual. Separate. Different. Unique. Singular. Distinct. Yes, you.

Narrative pedagogy 2: Maintaining the suspense

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I inform my students that I'm going to tell them a deliberate lie at some point during my lecture. They listen more attentively during the lecture to see if they can detect the falsehood. The video above shows a version I recorded several years ago during a lecture.

Opening the box

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Many lecturers, he argued, were 'walking tape recorders', imparting content. Photo by Richard Wheeler on Wikimedia Commons #LearningIs creative by Steve Wheeler was written in Paris, France and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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9 Best eLearning Websites to Grasp Knowledge of Programming

Your Training Edge

These videos are licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 It is the fusion of improved quizzes and insightful video lectures in order to build interaction with the students.

MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 2: Designing a MOOC

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It is important to check for IPR and creative commons license, and in some cases, permission from the original content creator may need to be sought. Synchronous Learning through Video Lectures Imagine the potential impact of such lectures should holographic technology enter the scene.

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A growing divide?

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The classroom is no longer the unique centre of learning, based on information delivery through a lecture." The didactic method is cost effective in terms of the amount of contact time lecturers or teachers need to invest in the process. In his blog on Learning Ecosystems, Daniel S.

What makes an inspirational teacher?

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Almost a third of those who voted said they were inspired by those lecturers who were genuinely excited about their subject. by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Tips for Adapting an In-Person Course to an Online Course


Does the use of interactive media create opportunities for new kinds of tests, or more hands-on application of ideas that could previously only be absorbed on paper or in lecture form?

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Student voices unheard?

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How many lecture halls have adequate wifi connectivity, or charging stations/power sockets near to seating areas? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Narrative pedagogy 4: Connecting the dots

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The approach helps students to connect together the elements of the lesson or lecture and to see a more holistic view. Teachers can learn a lot from the techniques writers use. In this short series I'm exploring some of the storytelling techniques that can be adapted for use in education.

The power of love

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This mini series on love was inspired by a lecture from a colleague entitled ''What''s love got to do with it?'' The key take away from his lecture was that all good relationships have a basis of love and good teaching needs good relationships.

What's love got to do with it?

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The lecture my colleague Phil Selbie presented this week to my final year primary education students was quite unusual in a number of ways. His message was clear - what you are about to listen to is not an ordinary lecture.

#LearningIs making

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Nick's entire lecture is available to view on YouTube below: Photo by Hans Hillewaert on Wikimedia Commons #LearningIs making by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

Meanwhile, corporate executives and others outside the L&D role are increasingly aware that alternatives to lecture-based instruction abound, and they expect changes. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Cut and thrust

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Were we to hold such a debate we would not require a room or lecture hall, and there would be no need to invite an audience. Photo by Cut and thrust by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Flipping the teacher

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The work of Harvard University professor Eric Mazur supports this approach, because, as he says - instruction is easier than assimilation, and advocated coaching rather than lecturing as early as the 1990s.