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Lectures and technologies

Lectures without any visual aids are difficult to follow. Different teachers have a different preference of what this visual aid might be. Some prefer the old school way about it with chalk and blackboard. While I was in high school, as well as some time in college certain teachers prefer to teach from transparencies. In one of my current class the professor is fond of using the document scanner. In a lot of my other classes though, the teachers like to use computer presentation software such as Microsoft Powerpoint or Apple Keynote. I must say that although I do not dispute these software’s effectiveness in aiding a presentation, I find them not very not very good well used in a class setting, at least for me. Often times professor will make slides that are very wordy, or that they simply read word for word from the slide. Other times professors may go through the slides too fast for me to take my notes on. I also find that the fact the my “notes” were already given to me as a set of slide print outs makes it harder for me to focus. Perhaps I am just too conditioned to the old ways of board and chalk; that’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I respond the best to.

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Lectures

My relationship with lectures is conflicted. On one hand, when given by a teacher that is not particularly good at it nor charismatic enough to compensate, lectures can be painfully dull. Yet on the other hand, when given by a teacher who knows how to effectively deliver a lecture and- dare I say it? – be entertaining at the mean time, it is the preferred method for me to learn. Lecture seems to be the most straightforward method to teach. Nothing is simpler or more direct then to convey knowledge in speech and writings. However, often times the simpler the method the more expose it is for the presenter. I respond pretty well to lecture and that particular style of teaching, and often dislike when professors try to “engage” us with more “creative” ways of teaching such as group activities and discussions. I once discussed this with my adviser and while he agrees with me that he often dislike those teaching methods as well while he was a student. However, he made a good point when he explained that grad students and professors are weird people we can actually respond (or learn to respond) well to lectures. To many other students lectures may not be the best method to education. But if lectures are not the answer, what is? These are thoughts that I constantly have while taking the PFP and GEDI class.

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