Questions tagged [lecture-teaching-method]

On the method of instruction known as "lecturing." Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content.

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Would preaching in a church be advantageous for becoming a lecturer?

In general, the job of a lecturer (under Australian terminology- I think the terminology is different in America) can be divided up into two main areas of focus: research and teaching, with the latter ...
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Should a TA point out a professor's mistake while attending their lecture?

I faced the following situation a few days back. I am doing my teaching assistance work under a professor. I attended one of his classes as a TA during which he was teaching some technically wrong ...
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Coming up with an activity to replace a quiz

I will be teaching my first Calculus I class this fall (USA) and 5 percent of the grading is discretionary. Other sections are doing three quizzes over the course of the semester, with each taking ...
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How to attend conferences efficiently?

As a master's student, I've recently attended my first summer school. I waited for it eagerly since there would be learning about my research topic, interacting with other students and travelling. But ...
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How to teach an undergraduate course without having taken that course formally before?

I am in the final year of my PhD. My work was on using Finite element method to study tribology. It was completely modeling based. I developed various models and have gained quite expertise in ...
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how to develop a new course as a new Assistant Professor

I am writing to inquire some experiences/advices on developing a new course on my first semester (this fall) as an assistant professor in computer science. At this moment I am aware of the course ...
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Software to help planning a course

I’m teaching a few classes next semester and feel scattered. Can you recommend some software to help me plan out a course so on each day I can see what topic I’m teaching, activities planned, homework ...
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What should I recommend for a foreign student with problems on the country language?

Later this week one of my undergrad classes have their first written test and one of the students is not from my country, and he said he's been having some problems both understanding my lectures and ...
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Quoting Keynes in a lecture

I am teaching mathematical statistics and part of this is large sample theory. I would like to discuss some methods that do not focus on asymptotics and refer to J. M. Keynes quote In the long run, ...
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Mimic lecturing on blackboard, facing audience

I teach mathematics at MSc and PhD levels. My preferred method of teaching is old-fashioned: talking and writing on the blackboard at the same time. Why? Because it has many advantages: Handwriting: ...
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What is the difference between a lecture and a seminar?

I understand the main difference is the amount of active engagement of the students (questions, interaction, etc.). But is there more, to describe the difference? In a lecture there will be questions ...
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exam/teaching culture, possible abusive supervisor, research gatekeeping

Apologies for the length, I don't know how to make this shorter. I also don't know where else to turn for advice. :( I've recently started an MA in what promises to be a brand new humanities ...
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How to encourage students to attend and participate in class?

I have seen a shrinking trend in the number of students coming to my classes and suspect that it's due to the large number of digital tools that are available to students. What techniques can I ...
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Giving a test lecture, what should I keep in mind? [duplicate]

I hold a PhD in computer science. I've been travelling to conferences presenting my papers and sometimes as part of my teaching assistance duty, I had to give some very simple lectures to students. ...
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Preparing lecture notes and references?

I am a new teacher/lecturer in science, and I am preparing lecture notes for my module. I am putting together a lot of material coming from textbooks as well as borrowing material from other lecture ...
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A student keeps using a native language while asking questions in the class when the course is taught in English

I am assisting a statistics course in a university, and my main job in the course is conducting problem solving sessions. The course is taught in English, and students interact with me in English. ...
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Why do some professors not recommend any text books for a course?

I took a semester where a professor was teaching Statistics. He gave out no lecture materials nor the name of any text books. When I asked him for a text book name, he gave me a name of a 900+ pages' ...
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Is it possible to sit in a class without registering it? [closed]

I wanted to know that whether it is possible to sit in a grad-level course or undergrad course without registering? What should I do before going to the class? should I talk to the professor? Is it ...
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How do I create a useful learning objective? [closed]

I am preparing a lesson plan and I unable to write objective of this session in a correct way. My question is how do we state objectives of sessions such as: 1- Avoiding common mistakes in Email 2- ...
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Why do lecturers not just assume all students have read the book?

One thing I don't understand about lectures is why the lecturer covers the material that is already presented in the book and assigned as reading material to the students. Is the assumption that ...
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What guarantee the validity and relevance of “grand” social sciences' theories? [closed]

During my undergraduate years, I took a variety of courses in social sciences, and was exposed to writings by famous thinkers like Freud, Habermas, Foucault, Claude Lévi-Strauss, as well as lesser-...
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Two lecturers, one course, one class [closed]

This is my first question here, so please correct me if I'm wrong in my way of asking. My question is suggested directly by the title. In my college institution, for each subject, half of the ...
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How to reduce the distance between academics and students? [closed]

While this may appear a quite open-ended question I think it is quite pertinent for a large number of subjects. Considering undergraduate classes, particularly for students who are coming straight ...
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Is it common to feel CS lectures useless as a CS major student? [closed]

I'm a computer science student who doesn't find lectures useful. I think self-studying is more useful and I should quit my degree in favour of a distant-learning degree. I've tried to convince my ...
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Appropriate way to discuss genetic conditions in a large lecture?

I want to cover the topic of achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, in a large introductory biology lecture. How can I discuss it in an appropriately sensitive way, one that respects people ...
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Do online students deserve video content?

I teach different courses online and in person and expect all my students to read textbooks and web pages. The online students get an extra explanatory text every week that is meant to replace the ...
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What is the best way to address misinformation given in a lecture?

After having reviewed a similar question while looking for an answer to my own, I felt it did not get fully at the heart of my issue that I've come across. However I still feel that it has great ...
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Why am I taught theory that I have no idea how to apply in practice?

I am a third year Computer Science student. The question that I reach out to you with is featured in the title. There are some lectures that make me ask such questions. For the sake of this discussion ...
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How to efficiently use time while preparing for a class?

I am a teaching assistant for multivariable calculus this semester. As an undergraduate, I took the course but we learned few. To add, it has been more than 5 years since I took the class. So, every ...
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How to measure engagement in uncommunicative class

I'm teaching a lot of students who are fairly unresponsive in a large class that is set early in the morning. While I'm working on ways to encourage them to respond to questions, I find that normal ...
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Lectures are way ahead of the planned schedule for the course. What should be done?

In my university, we submit a lecture plan at the academic semester starts. The lecture plan is a kind of semi-official documentation on the schedule of lectures or topics (Ref: Planning a course: ...
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How to make a college course for a novel topic?

I am an amateur mathematician. (I studied in a university but have not finished the study.) I discovered some new mathematical theories. Now I want to make academic courses about my theories. What I ...
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In teaching, what do we actually mean when we say “syllabus completed”?

In my university, every faculty member has to submit a handout at the semester beginning for his(her) course. The handout is basically a list of topics (a syllabus) that needs to be taught to the (to ...
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Is not providing lecture notes to math students really beneficial to them?

I have attended several lectures in analysis, linear algebra and "higher mathematics for computer science students" in two universities in Germany. None of the professors giving these lectures ...
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What are some uses for clickers/pollers?

I've seen clickers/pollers/etc. used in classrooms for many things, such as evaluation and assessment and agile/contingent teaching. What other uses are there for clickers in the classroom? To ...
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If my friend sent a recording of his lecture; Is it against the law? [closed]

I don't attend university, but I would love to learn to further my IT skills, is my friend allowed to record his lecture and send it to me? Is there any law against this... Or is he free to do what he ...
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How should I deal with very negative feedback from some students?

I am a lecturer of a computer course in a university. Two months (almost 20 hours) of lectures have already finished. Very recently, I planned to get some feedback from my students on my lectures. I ...
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What to do about students who miss my lectures and then want me to repeat entire material?

I teach at a top undergraduate college of a highly ranked university in India. We have a centralized system where the syllabus is designed at the Central level (with some input from teachers) and ...
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How to write horizontally across the blackboard while keeping handwriting as horizontal as possible?

Does anyone have tips on good ways of writing horizontally across the blackboard? I notice whenever I write across the blackboard, the line will have a slightly downward slope of 15 degrees and it is ...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

I am a master’s student in a public university in the state of New York. I do not consider myself to be disabled in any form but I do find it difficult to concentrate in class. I lose focus too often ...
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What can I do about a lecturer who isn't clear enough to understand?

I'm a Maths university student and I just can't seem to learn anything from one of my lecturers. I understand we, as students, should do personal research on our subject. But he just doesn't make any ...
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How to make programming lectures more effective and stimulating?

I've been assigned the position of Teaching Assistant for the programming part of my university courses in Bayesian Inference, at the MS level. I previously taught a course, a few months ago, in ...
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How do I teach a course that has an extremely clear textbook?

I have decided to use Head First Android Development for my mobile application development course this spring. Like other Head First books, it is easy to read and understand. In my 15+ years of ...
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Countries where lecture duration does not exceed one hour

Most (probably all) universities attribute to each subject a fixed number of credits, which in turn are [most of the time] related to the time spent in classes. In Brazil, the majority of courses ...
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Self Studying over lectures [closed]

this is my first post here, I'll copy and paste a recent answer I asked in the physics and resulted a little bit inappropriate. I do physics so I'm mainly looking for answers for people in the field ...
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How can teaching staff improve a passive student group?

I have been assigned to a section of student where I am teaching probabilistic models. From the starting day itself, I feel something strange is happening in the class. For example: I like to have ...
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What can be done about a professor who leaves lectures too early?

If a professor is scheduled to teach two hours, only one day a week, but instead he only teaches one hour, one day a week - in an extremely rushed manner - and tells his students he has to leave, is ...
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The overwhelming silence in shy classes

I have been part of several classes where no-one wants to answer questions or actively take much part in the discussions. I am sure this must be frustrating for the lecturers, who try really hard to ...
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How to ask professor to let me audit lectures at university I am not enrolled in?

There is a professor in the city I am currently living in who does some interesting work. I would like to sit in on his lectures, but I do not know how to ask him. What is the best way for me to ask ...
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Not getting along with Spanish professor. Professor is condescending, and picks favorites. I feel I have enough evidence to do something [closed]

I am in a Spanish Translation class at a good public university. Background: I am a white male and a Spanish/Chemistry double major. I plan to pursue a PhD in Chemistry or teach at the high school ...