On lecturers questioning their audience

In my last post, I discussed the way in-class voting allows students to participate in lectures. Commenting on that post, my friend Paul expressed discomfort at the idea of a lecturer imposing participation on unwilling audience members. I've been thinking about this on and off all week. The idea I've reached is that lecture participation… Continue reading On lecturers questioning their audience

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Interacting with lectures and the best use of multiple choice

University lectures are often criticised for the passivity they encourage from students. One person talks for an hour; a couple ask questions; a hundred sit and listen. There are three contrasting responses to this: (a) It's the students' fault: if students take notes as they listen, the lecture hall goes from being a passive to an active environment. (b)… Continue reading Interacting with lectures and the best use of multiple choice