Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)
Tony Bates in this post that will appear in this upcoming book on online learning.
There are two important conclusions from the research:
1. Even for the sole purpose for which lectures may be effective – the transmission of information – the 50 minute lecture needs to be well organized, with frequent opportunities for student questions and discussion.
2. For all other important learning activities, such as developing critical thinking, deep understanding, and application of knowledge – the kind of skills needed in a digital age – lectures are ineffective. Other forms of teaching and learning – such as opportunities for discussion and student activities – are necessary.
The post is very balanced and does not throw out the good with the bad. It is a timely article for this time of year.
Here are the responses we have so far in our quest to organize a ‘meet-up’ of our faculty and staff who want to share their tech pedagogies (defined as widely as possible-3X5 cards to transcription hardware) and who want to learn other tech pedagogies. Please respond to the survery. Once we have gotten all we are going to get we will gather for what some call an ‘unconference’ and others ‘birds of a feather’ and others still an ‘open spaces meeting’. In other words we will have minimal top down and maximum bottom up organization. It is akin to improv, but actually more kin to a scripted reality show where the participants riff on, in this case, the very general theme of tech pedagogy. I have done it before and it is quite fun. And we really don’t enough fun in our daily lives.
If you haven’t completed the survey and wish to you, then follow this link to a live form to fill out.
This is what the web is good for–an expert site on Appalachi-English.
Southern Appalachian English
Welcome to this website on the speech of one of America’s most often misunderstood regions – southern and central Appalachia, which stretches from north Georgia to West Virginia.
Take the Mountain Vocabulary Quiz. Translate this one I heard the other day–tatn’t, as in “I tatn’t to the vet, but hit hain’t hepped hit none.”
What a powerful site! It is autodidact heaven and also a great place to find new and unusual resources for your classes. For example:
Representative Poetry Online
Kelly Writers’ House
Learn Out Loud
Give the Stingy Scholar more than a quick look.
Here are a series of interviews of authors at the Portland, OR bookstore Powell’s. I like these authors especially:
Stanford Magazine> Fiction Contest
OUR TENTH ANNUAL CONTEST is open to alumni of Stanford undergraduate, graduate and fellowship programs. Submit double-spaced, typed, unpublished manuscripts of 2,500 words or fewer. Include a cover sheet with name, address, phone number and story title. The first-place winner will receive $750, and the story will be published next spring.
So why aren’t we beating down the doors to Western’s Alumni Magazine, Spirit, and getting them to sponsor a fiction contest/prize once a year? I don’t know and it sure doesn’t cost to ask. I didn’t think of it until I listened to Stanford’s amazing iTunes University. I was downloading a podcast on Sex, Lies and the Theater: Shakespeare for Today 54:50 Ronald Rebholtz
If you go there (and its free and deep), you will need to download iTunes. As a bonus, here is an image that I found fascinating from the last alumni magazine, the original conception for the Guthrie Clock Tower