Effective Lecture Is Possible [workshop notes]

An effective lecture is possible according to this workshop I attended. I was surprised how many strategies can be used in a lecture to help a student learn. Introduction The traditional lecture and the reasons for using them are being challenged today. Technology and pedagogical research present major challenges for the traditional lecture. Lecturers drone on and students are bored. But lectures are still useful when there is a large number of students to teach. This workshop looks at how you can make lectures worthwhile for students and strategies for making them more interactive. Outcomes By the end of this Continue Reading

Identifying Learning Outcomes and Planning Learning Activities

Planning learning activities that contribute to the learning outcomes and using Bloom’s Taxonomy to identify good learning outcomes are my take-away from this workshop. Introduction This workshop addresses two key elements of course design: student learning outcomes and learning activities, and the important relationship between them. The underlying concept in the workshop is that of ‘alignment’. In the case of the topic of this workshop, alignment means that first, the learning outcomes are clearly expressed in terms of what the students will be able to do by the end of a course. Secondly, the activities the students undertake in the course Continue Reading