This time on TechTalk, co-hosts Ben Kahn and Maria Erb take a look at the time-honored content delivery vehicle of the lecture. The Chronicle of Higher Ed recently featured a spoof video hitting all the cliches — the Facebook-surfing students, the bland PowerPoint, the monotone back-to-the-students dry-as-a-bone professor. We’ve all had that experience. But while the onus is usually on faculty to up their game and provide elements of entertainment along with their expertise, lectures are actually enjoyed by many students and are still a useful mnemonic device for learning. There are good reasons to keep them around while still maximizing the learning experience for students. We also discuss the latest trends in online professional development for faculty as they relate to teaching online and we get to the root of why that’s such a hot topic at the moment. As usual, we conclude with what tech-related tool, device, or app we’re finding most useful in our lives right now. Join us!
- The news brief we mention this week is from Inside Higher Ed Penn state changes faculty development model
- The spoof video we talk about this week is from The Chronicle of Higher Education “Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture“
Tech Picks of the Week:
- Maria picked her smartphone as her life saving tech of the week and discussed how helpful it was to have on a recent cycling trip, and we wondered if we are too dependent on our smartphones.
- Ben picked OneNote, which he uses for note-taking, research, planning, brainstorming and collaborating with colleagues.