Technology continues to transform lectures

What happens when a communications teacher experiments in videotaping “talking head” versions of his lectures and the students rate them poorly? He learns from that experience how to improve his face to face lectures. Can a chemistry teacher, an early pioneer in posting full lectures online, really save time by using Facebook to communicate with his students? When a music teacher provides short, unscripted videos to explain assignments and exams to her students, as well as topics like plagiarism and professionalism, how do they react? When an education teacher gives students ways to create real and meaningful assignments by having them produce knowledge “in ways that other people can use” what do they do? And will an application that allows students to mashup video and text by selecting snippets of a videotape lecture, annotating them, sharing them with classmates, and reviewing them later actually boost their interest and retention.
These and other examples are described by Suzanne Bowness in the article “How technology is transforming lectures” and provide some compelling ideas. The CTL will be offering a workshop that explores Blackboard’s tools for teaching and managing large classes. This article might add more ideas to the mix.
Complete article here:
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/2008/11/03/how-technology-is-transforming-the-lecture.aspx

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