The resurrection of the lecture

Date Released: 22 October 2015

The lecture as a teaching technique has been given rough treatment recently in the educational literature. Its ubiquity has been challenged by alternative modes such as flipped classrooms, seminars, discussion classes, and the like. There may be temptation to think of the lecture as an inferior method of teaching, used only by the dinosaurs among the teaching faculty who are too slow to adopt these newer techniques

But that is not true. What is true is that the classical lecture, where the speaker talks without any active engagement with the audience for an extended period of time, is of little value in the classroom, though there are other forums where it may still be appropriate.

The lecture has many features that make it a valuable, even essential, element in a teacher's repertoire. What has happened is that because of the criticisms it has endured recently, the lecture method has undergone a transformation that has resulted in it coming back in newer and improved forms.

At the next UCITE session we will see how to use the lecture in its revamped forms.

Join us for that discussion on Thursday, October 22, from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Building (at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert).

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