Given the feedback from last quarter the teachers decided to discuss with the students how could we improve the the class, having more discussions and engagement with the content. Since each week we’ll have a different lecturer, it will be up to the lecturer to design this activity.
So the class today was a short overview of what content they want to cover and how might we do that.
Just occured to me that this is the hardest part about teaching well – is preparing a class activity that is engaging and participatory – instead of a mere lecture. Lectures are interesting but can be compared to watching TV… 5 minutes later you forget… unless you are deeply engaged with the subject matter and the stakes are high. When the stakes are low, you might want to establish a more interactive engagement.
Could a presentation software with some coaching do the trick?