Lecturing for learning: what are lectures good for?

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Lecturing has long been the dominant model of information transmission in higher education, in part due to the cost effectiveness of having many people in one room receiving content at the same time.

In this video, Tom Angelo fro the University of Sydney argues that information or content transmission is one of the things lecturing is least suitable for.  Instead, lecturing is much more suited towards:

  • building enthusiasm and motivation – good lecturing is about promoting love of a subject and transmitting enthusiasm
  • helping students learn how people in your discipline think

The key message is that lectures are not always the appropriate place for some things, and that tutors should select the most appropriate tools to do what they need to do.

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