One Little Thing

Siobhan White has the blended learning bug and explains how she has developed her teaching by trying one little thing…

So; when comes that point that you try something different?

For me, was it a new role, such as mine with Departmental LTQ Lead, or the realisation that this year I have been at GCU 20 years!! Whatever, over the past year I have tried “one little thing…”.   And soon one little thing has become a few little things!

I am not the most confident or able IT individual therefore have often shied away from technology, but learning and teaching is not all focussed on this area. Doing one little thing differently in any aspect of your teaching makes all the difference.

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PowerPoint. Can’t live with it…

Dr Patrick Ring presents some thoughts about the use of PowerPoint in lectures…

It’s the staple of many lectures, my own included. But what is the point? Really.

Am I walking through a pre-prepared route-map, treading from one bullet point to the next, squeezing the life out of a class that hopes fervently the next slide might be more interesting than the last one? Or are the students hanging on my every slide, treating it as the last (and for a few less industrious students, only) word on the matter? The latter is quite a thought if, for whatever reason, I had to hastily ‘bash out’ a presentation the night before for my 9am lecture.

I should say at this point, my purpose is not to share my personal tribulations in the lecture room – that might require a much larger discussion! But considering my use of PowerPoint raises for me the nature and purpose of my lecture. Is it a performance? An experience? Are the students meant to leave with a sense of enquiry, or a set of notes? Is it an interactive exchange, a call to investigate, a challenge to think? It may well be a bit of all of these things – but is PowerPoint really helping?

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