I am an undergraduate student in my final year on a Computer Science course. Every week I assist in a 2nd year (undergraduate) class that I took last year on programming. The programming class covers a range of languages, tools and topics, and is divided between a number of lecturing staff. There is one other assistant other than myself who helps in the class.
As an assistant in the practical sessions of these classes, I will often be chatted by students on Teams (course is currently virutal due to lockdown) for help in completing the practical work. I help by:
- Giving links to related work (such as Mozilla/specific library documentation/stackoverflow)
- Explaining tasks that are too complicated
- Look over (but not add anything) to student's code
- Giving broken down explainations of how to complete a programming task in technical language (eg.- "You gonna need to write a function that adds x to y...") I should stress that I never give away answers or actually type any code myself.
I am currently unsure of what to do with the current lecturer in this class as they are giving me alot of mixed messages, these including:
- Asking where students are when only a third of the class shows up to the virtual teaching and lab sessions.
- Asking not to share code with students, even when they can see that I have not given any code to the student (when the conversation is in the main module chat.)
- Questioning why I'm spending a significant amount of time helping an individual student who is stuck and needs help. In this case (which has happened a few times) I leave the main call, go into a private call and do a 1-2-1 with the student.
I have gathered a consensus from a number of students that a good number do not appreciate his teaching style a great deal (he tends to read off the slides he has produced and rarely gives live demonstrations.) I have generally not given my opinion on this lecturer, even though I share similar sentiment from being taught by this lecturer in other classes. What is the message this lecturer is giving and what can I do?
(It should also be noted that I have a good working relationship with the head of department, who is also my tutor, and he was the previous lecturer on this module I assist in. I get the impression that my assistance is appreciated when the HoD was teaching.)