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    As has already been highlighted, if you're going to use powerpoint slides, then don't have too many and don't simply read off them. My economics lecturers are the worst for doing this, whereas in politics it's much better as there are a few keywords and the lecturer talks for the hour.

    In response to having discussion in the lecture, I think it depends entirely on the content of the lecture in question. In my one politics lecture the lecturer had us discuss questions with those next to use and then we'd respond to give him an idea as to the nature of political systems and what's important in them, or at least so we thought, and then he compared our views/thoughts with general trends within the public.
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    Have the main points on powerpoint and then elaborate - if you're just going to read the slides you may as well put them on Blackboard and give us the lecture off to do something constructive with.

    Discussions work well in tutorials and small lecture groups but not with more than 30-40 people. Also the purpose of a lecture is generally to give an outline of the important information and it can be discussed further in seminars and tutorials.

    Make sure you roughly time your lecture so that you are not rushing through it too fast at the end as this will mean students miss crucial information if they can't keep up.

    It is hard to concentrate on one thing for very long. If you have a two hour lecture divide it into two forty-five minute periods with a short break in between- the extra concentration will make up for any lost time.
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    (Original post by ElfManiac)
    Make sure you roughly time your lecture so that you are not rushing through it too fast at the end as this will mean students miss crucial information if they can't keep up.
    :ditto: And don't do what one of my lecturers did: told us to read up on the rest of the lecture when he didn't finish it!
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    (Original post by hothedgehog)
    Also, if you're going to make a power point then don't put too many slides on it. Powerpoints are really just something else to illustrate your lecture so they don't have to have every fact in the world on. That just makes it hard to read and horrid. We want enough so we get a basic understanding and can then go on and read for ourselves in more detail.

    Also, in regards to lecturing times, we had a 4-6pm lecture last sememester and our lecturer just spoke between 4-5.30 solid and then let us go. He was rushed and even though we appreciated getting out half an hour early at the end of the day we really didn't learn too much on that module. So yeah, don't be rushed just because you want to go home or have something else to do - you've had that period of time set aside to lecture so do it.
    Hello,

    I couldn't agree with you more. However, in my experience, it is usually the students who come into the sessino tired and ask "Is this session going to go on for the full 2 hours" which always puts a downer on the session that has taken ages to prep for.

    Just another perspective I suppose.

    Bye for now
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    (Original post by Absinth)
    :ditto: And don't do what one of my lecturers did: told us to read up on the rest of the lecture when he didn't finish it!
    hello,

    Thanks for your post. Sometimes people refer to lecturers as facilitators of learning rather than being specialists in every subject. Maybe this is what the lecturer was trying to do but not so successfully.

    Many thanks for your post.
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    The things people remember most are those related to interesting points. Illustrations are a big yes.

    Oh and don't be one of those lecturers that doesn't bring handouts of the slides for annotation.
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    (Original post by ElfManiac)
    Have the main points on powerpoint and then elaborate - if you're just going to read the slides you may as well put them on Blackboard and give us the lecture off to do something constructive with.

    Discussions work well in tutorials and small lecture groups but not with more than 30-40 people. Also the purpose of a lecture is generally to give an outline of the important information and it can be discussed further in seminars and tutorials.

    Make sure you roughly time your lecture so that you are not rushing through it too fast at the end as this will mean students miss crucial information if they can't keep up.

    It is hard to concentrate on one thing for very long. If you have a two hour lecture divide it into two forty-five minute periods with a short break in between- the extra concentration will make up for any lost time.
    Hello,

    Thanks for reminding me about the importance of breaks, I will ensure that I give out breaks again. I stopped doing it for some strange reason. In my last session I got the students to stand up and move around before continuing with the sesison. They seemed to like this.

    Thanks again
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    The things people remember most are those related to interesting points. Illustrations are a big yes.

    Oh and don't be one of those lecturers that doesn't bring handouts of the slides for annotation.
    Hello,

    Hand outs are a big issue at the university at the moment. Officially we are not supposed to be giving ANY hand outs as they are on WebCT for the students to print off. I can't say any more than that.

    Thanks for your response :0)
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    (Original post by las10)
    Hello,

    I couldn't agree with you more. However, in my experience, it is usually the students who come into the sessino tired and ask "Is this session going to go on for the full 2 hours" which always puts a downer on the session that has taken ages to prep for.

    Just another perspective I suppose.

    Bye for now
    Well, there are always going to be a few who don't want to be there but I think the majority of the class will want to be there and would rather have the full period rather than a diluted and rushed period.
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    Thank you, valid point :0)
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    Lectures for me are lectures. Not interactive as that what seminars/workshops are for. There must be visual aids to help, and powerpoints with summary bullets of what your saying helps. Handouts of the lecture notes are great in case we miss something.
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    Speaking in a monotonous voice won't help. The lectures I've liked best have sometimes included jokes (but this isn't necessary) but are generally the lecturers who are passionate about their subject and can offer a different take on the topic.
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    Haha, thanks a bunch
 
 
 
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