By Kate Morss
Teaching at University has been written to supply you with the elemental talents required to go into these first lectures, tutorials, lab-sessions, and checks with self assurance. transparent and interesting all through, this advisor will offer:
- Accessible and favourite language to help postgraduates in all disciplines
- Basic yet appropriate advice
- A direct and sensible method and style
- An emphasis on supporting you to start and increase your self assurance within the first few periods you teach
- Integration of thought (in small doses) with practice
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In response to the common worries that postgraduates tell us about, we suggest some specific strategies and other sources of help to improve lecturing skills. The two main points of this chapter are how to enhance your students’ learning and how to improve your skills in lecturing. The obvious question arising, then, is how do you evaluate those two things? How do you know you are getting better? How do you know what students are learning? We propose simple strategies for measuring your students’ learning from lectures.
Be creative. There are many things you can do, even in a large lecture theatre. ’ • Quiz – ‘Take 5 minutes to answer the four questions in this quiz. ’ • Data analysis – ‘Here are some sample data on the handout (slide). In pairs, please take 5 minutes to analyse the data using the formulae we’ve just been discussing. ’ • Vote – ‘Here are two points of view. ’ Warning: these activities will need good time management, so make sure you are not too ambitious so that you can stop them when the time is up.
Use absolute language: ‘never’, ‘always’, ‘forever’. • Use sexist language: ‘Women will understand …’, or the generic ‘he’ to refer to all. Stimulating interest and active learning In the earlier section on planning, we offered ideas for stimulating interest and motivation, involving students in activities and helping students to learn. The list below gives more examples, followed by useful tips. qxd 8/3/2005 10:09 AM Page 42 TEACHING AT UNIVERSITY Techniques for helping students to learn • Use visual aids: overhead projector (OHP), PowerPoint, slides, photographs, video clips, diagrams, flowcharts, sound recordings, links to the web.