Presented at the Higher York E-Learning Conference 2014
The session highlighted how the department of Economic’s Jacco Thijssen has been producing video resources to support students to understand core module concepts in Statistics for first year students, as detailed in this case study.
The session was an opportunity to explore the rationale and drawbacks of the lecture as a form of teaching, in light of Biggs (1999) and many others highlighting its limitations with studies from as far back as 1971 highlighting that unsupervised reading is better than lecturing at teaching information, Bligh (1971). Participant responses to these questions were collected via Google forms in the session (see below). The discussion in the session focussed on the observation that while there are undoubtedly many excellent lecturers out there (including Jacco himself), most of the reasons provided for why we do this, seem to be more about convenience, cost and tradition, while many of the drawbacks were based around pedagogic assertions and focussed on the student experience and the individual.