I think, in our current education system in universities, there are lots of problems, some of which are listed below, and I think we are wasting lots of time by repeating (possibly a worse version of) the same course each year. That is why, I have the following solution, and I'm curious, what flaws does this system have.
- For example, in some departments, some of the courses are given by the same faculty each semester/year because there is no one else to offer that lecture, or only a single faculty wants to do it. However, after some time, the way the lecturer teaches the subject becomes "sloppy"; s/he does not make enough effort to explain the topic clearly. I guess, after some time, they also get bored from teaching the subject, and they just read/write their notes.
- Even the lecturer makes great effort to teach the subject clearly, sometimes the way the lecture thinks does not match with the student's, which makes harder to understand what the lecturer is trying to explain. That is why, for a specific course, most of the students decision to take the course depends on who is teaching it.
- In a lecture, given a question, the solution is given to student without student having enough time to think on it by himself/herself; for example, you give a theorem in the lecture, and explain why it says, what are its implication etc., and then you just prove it. Another example, you just demonstrate the gyroscope in the class, and then explain them how can we analyse it. However, this kill the creativity in student, because you just show them how to think without letting them search for how they can think in such a case.
- In a 14 week semester, after 5th or 6th week, there is at least one midterm each week, and directly after the midterms, there is 2 week final week. I think any professor, or student is well-aware that in a week where there is a midterm (even if there is only one, which is not the case most of the time) the attention of the student are diminished toward the courses, and most of them anxious etc.
For these problems, I have the following education system, and I think it would be a great system to have in a university. However, the idea is not unique, and I do not know why it haven't been implemented before. That is why, I would like to ask what problems would arise in such an education system ?
- For each course in the department, there will be form a committee consisting of people working in similar areas and the department chair/advisors. Then 3 different member of the committee will be chosen, and their lectures will be recorded; of course, the content will be determined priori to the recording by the committee. Then the recordings will be revisited by the committee. Mistakes will be corrected if any etc. These 3 lectures will be used in each term for the actual classes; there will be no classical lectures, only the online recording which has been recorded only for once. Instead of lecture hours, there will be more office hours, by taking appointment individually from the instructor/TA.
By this way, each terms, the student will have to choice to follow one of the 3 lecturers online recording, which is not something we current have as students. Moreover, department can be sure that the education level given each term will be the same throughout the department. Moreover, student will have the chance to follow the lecture in the pace that they are comfortable.
- Since for each course, there is no lecture hours, in a single term, a department can possibly offer more courses; for first and second year course, even student assistants can help about the office hours.Moreover, for each course, there will be an online from where students can ask/answer questions, so that, you can have to answer the same basic question again and again; you can just refer to the corresponding thread as a first answer. If they don't understand again, they can come and ask.
By this way, before coming and asking a question, student have the chance to think themselves, and discuss with their friends. Moreover, by using the from, student will have the chance to answer their peer's questions, which is something most of the student don't have such a chance in the classical system.
3.There will be one a single midterm in the middle of the term and a single final exam for each course. There can be some homeworks (at most 4 in a single semester), but those questions should not be some exercises in the book; they have to have an original in most of their content.