You’d think class sizes would be an important consideration for students when choosing a university, but universities don’t make that information public. They should.
Universities can best prepare students by teaching them in ways that reflect the realities of how professionals and the wider community now operate.
Some students may wonder why they bothered returning to campus. Others are struggling online. But lecturers who do engage students think deeply about how they do it, using all available tools.
About two-thirds of Australian universities won’t be offering on-campus lectures in 2021. But that’s not all the pandemic’s fault – it simply accelerated a shift away from the traditional format.
Are university lectures better on YouTube?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, universities are using video for so much of their teaching. Some worry this will hurt student learning, but that’s not what we found.
In our law school, lecture attendance averaged just 38% of total enrolments across the semester.
More people are learning what they want, wherever they want.
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Technology has disrupted the way universities offer courses, the types of skills we will need, and the duration for which we will need them. Here are three things universities must do to survive.
Conducting research and contributing to knowledge creation might be the only way for academics to sustain their jobs.
Not everyone is here, but I’ll begin.
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Students need to have an educational incentive not to skip class, rather than just being scare of Big Brother.
The classic lecture theatre hasn’t changed much over the centuries.
Lectures are being abandoned in favour of “flipped” classes, with lots of short videos and quizzes. But the lecture format has merits that shouldn’t be overlooked.
The University of Adelaide wants to spend class time doing social activities and leave the passive lectures for home.
The University of Adelaide is planning to completely phase out lectures. Is this change good for learning?
Digital technology, and those who have grown up with it, are forcing the venerable lecture to adapt to the times.
Lectures and lecturers will have to adapt to modern times in order to stay relevant.
Is the next slide more interesting?
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Reading bullet points off a screen doesn’t teach anyone anything.
What will become of the lecture?
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If all lectures are caught on camera, it will be a step change for higher education.
Those dance moves would go down great in a lecture hall.
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In his anthemic Let me entertain you, Robbie Williams urges his audience to “come and sing a different song”. University lecturers could take a lesson or two from Stoke-on-Trent’s favourite singer-songwriter…
People argue over whether learning should take place online or face-to-face, but does it have to be one or the other?
Ever since the invention of the printed word, academics have been arguing about the proper place of technology in teaching. On one side are those who I’ll call the traditionalists who insist on the primacy…
Who are you working for?
I recently invited a top management consultant to give a guest lecture at my course at Copenhagen Business School. I went to sit among the students during the talk. They had been instructed to take notes…
Should lectures come with a warning label that they may cause drowsiness and hinder learning?
Imagine a future where university enrolment paperwork is accompanied by the statement: Warning: lectures may stunt your academic performance and increase risk of failure. Researchers from the United States…
Is technology signalling the end to university lectures?
With technology changing the landscape of higher education, The Conversation is running a series “Re-imagining the Campus” on the future of campus learning. Here, Tom Cochrane outlines how technology is…