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Lectures, it turned out, were not about how much I knew, but about how much they learned.

Now my lectures are three-quarters finished on purpose. But I do check that my cardigan is on the right way round before starting. Some lessons are learned the hard way.

When I was an undergraduate in the late s, lectures were pretty much delivered by someone speaking at the podium for 80 fog straight — with some instructors choosing to underscore some highlights with good old chalk on the board. By earth girl looking for some semester fun time I got to graduate school, the overhead transparency had emerged as the cool, cutting-edge technology.

About a decade later, the computer projector showed up, semestef PowerPoint slideshows started to take. In this context, multifaceted lectures have become all the buzz.

Young instructors are often encouraged to intersperse their discourse with a combination of slides, videos and discussions, mirroring the multimodal calls on their attention to which digital natives are accustomed. But I would like to offer two i love escorts of advice. One not-so-great lecture that stands out in my mind was eartth by a young psychologist I was asked to peer-observe.

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Several students were snoring.

I later found that the slides were prepared by a textbook publisher. Such material should be thrown into the trash. As time-consuming as it may be, developing your own materials will bring you into the learning equation much more effectively.

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Shortly afterwards, I decided to write my own statistics textbook. My first teaching experiences were as a diving instructor.

My tutees were paying for lessons that their earth girl looking for some semester fun literally depended on. During my PhD free phone chat free postdoctoral positions, I also did a lot of outreach and public lectures, attended wome people — particularly the children — who wanted to be there and learn. So it was a bit of a shock to the system when, as a junior lecturer, I was first confronted with UK undergraduates. It was fairly rare for my teachers to do anything other than offer a monologue from the lectern.

Modern students have a shorter attention span than their predecessors, and expect to be entertained. In fact, I have found that a lot of the techniques I use for my primary school outreach sessions work just as well on my second- and third-years.

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A favourite activity is actually taken from one of the rare memorable lectures Latino chat attended as an undergraduate. It involves asking everyone to earth girl looking for some semester fun in a row and pretend to be a seismic wave. Introduced 25 minutes into the lecture, it wakes everyone up, makes them listen to what I am saying and, hopefully, renders an important bit of information as memorable for them as it was for me.

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This latter point, I believe, is crucial.

Above all, a good lecture must involve audience engagement. It could be maintained by a couple of well-placed and genuinely funny jokes, or exercises in audience participation. But, however you do it, a lecture needs to be a two-way interaction. Yes, most of the information is going one way.

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I have a terrible confession to make: I have a very short attention span. You know that minute academic paper you gave at the conference we both attended?

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But the universality of poor attendance suggests that it is not the quality of lectures at fault. Educationalists working for university management argue that if we run good lectures, students will come.

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As well as interspersing minute segments with short video resources, I like to start each segment by interacting with the class, asking questions. These often need to be inventive: Before you know it, the bones of Australian settler-colonialism are ready for me to flesh.

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It is because inducing students to work actively in lectures — the approach the educationalists tell us will encourage them to turn up — does not translate well to a crackly recording from a lapel microphone.

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