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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How to reduce workload and recover while dealing with aftereffects of a serious concussion?

Around one year ago, I had a ski accident and suffered from concussion. I was on sabbatical at that time ⛷️. At first, I didn't notice full-on effect. Now I am back to full academic life of teaching, ...
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Is studying at some universities relatively harder than the others?

While going through the lecture and study material on the internet, I came to realize that, in some universities in some countries (e.g. Hong Kong, New Zealand, etc) lecture materials are far more ...
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What is the best practice to deal with students who sit in the back and laugh at other students' questions?

Term just started and I think every class does have some students who sit in the back (which is totally fine) but sometimes are challenging to deal with when they show some disrespect towards other ...
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Are modern-day classes primarily for distillation of knowledge or are they primarily for testing/examination/certification?

This is a philosophical question. From undergrad (which I did stem), I have noticed that in some classes, the teachers taught the absolute bare minimum, almost like overviews of a topic, often times ...
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How are other graduate students able to think on the spot during lectures or talks?

So this happened to me multiple times. Scenario 1: I'm sitting in a lecture or listening to a talk (STEM related) which is more or less aligned with my background (so I know the big picture), and then ...
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Is it fine to inform my professor that I'm not able to follow his class?

I'm a student in an Integrated Ph.D. course in Physical Science (Physics). Currently, I'm in the first year of this course where I'm taking core courses. I'm doing this course on Fundamentals of ...
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What is the purpose of lectures at the Graduate level? [closed]

Overview of the problem This question is about 90 ECTS credits and a 2 years long MSc in CSE program with a thesis. At the university, which I am in, the teachers deliver lectures but most students, ...
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First-time teaching PhD students make course assignment way too demanding for a new lecture

I'm attending a graduate lecture at a university in Europe. Two lecturers, both PhD students, are giving their first lecture. One of the PhD students is senior and another just recently enrolled in ...
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Book suggestions for teaching science at advanced level [closed]

I teach in a university to Masters students in Science. I have taught courses from Physics, Statistics, Mathematics and Computation, and every time I finish teaching a course, I find myself ...
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Standing/sitting practices of an instructor

A question on this site deals with health aspects related to the posture while delivering a lecture. My question is about the statistics regarding the same practice and its effect on students. In ...
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My lecturer is almost useless and I struggle to understand them. What do I do?

I am a first year undergraduate student studying philosophy. One of my lecturers does not speak English as their first language, and is extremely difficult to understand. I could get over this if the ...
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Is hastily writing down the professor's lecture a good way of learning?

I am writing this from the perspective of a mathematician. I am wondering whether there is any research on the standard mode of instruction. Mathematics lectures, at least in my home country, ...
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Is it a good thing as a teacher to declare things like "Good! Things are becoming clearer already."

Is it fine for a teacher who makes a topic look easy by saying things like: "Good!" or "Easy!" or "Everything becomes perfectly clear now!" Things I can think of in ...
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As a new faculty, I lack the knowledge of fundamentals in my field. What should be the course of action under my special circumstance?

Academics are supposed to be an expert in their field and should have a firm grasp on their subject of research. For example, my research is focused on Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and using ...
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Should live sessions be recorded for students when teaching a math course online?

I am a course instructor. In my courses, which are now online due to the pandemic, I have optional live sessions. In those live sessions, I give examples of how to solve problems (it's a math-based ...
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Is it okay to reproduce the work as a teaching assistant?

Next week, I need to give a lecture on a topic (say T). I surveyed over the internet and found excellent video lectures by a professor (Say P). I learned T thoroughly. I can able to answer any ...
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Should remote teaching sessions be shorter than classroom sessions?

In normal years, when I teach in a physical classroom, I teach in sessions of ~90 minutes, with ~30 minutes break. This year, all teaching is done via Zoom (in real-time), and I wonder whether I ...
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Is there any difference between these two kind of researchers?

I tried to ask this question on Physics StackExchange because it's about physicists but it wasn't the right section, anyway the argument can be extended to almost every subject. I am studying physics ...
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How can I convince my students to speak louder?

Freshers sometimes speak almost inaudibly, even after asking them to speak loudly. Now, with facemasks, it's even worse, I am not allowed to approach them too much, and it demands a lot of energy to ...
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Is it proper to discuss unrelated subjects during class to increase interactivity?

It is common that students may experience monotony if the instructor continuously teaches. And there are many ways to grab attention. I am particularly interested in knowing whether it is a proper ...
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Another bachelor or PhD?

I have already completed two bachelor's degrees in law and social sciences. And a master's degree in political science. My field of study is interdisciplinary and focuses on social inequalities. I ...
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Any way to create dynamic pdf from ppt presentation? I would like to upload a pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation lectures [closed]

What software can I use to create pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation slides? My PowerPoint slides have animations, where multiple pictures are shown on one slide. When I use export pdf from the ...
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Alternative ways to use lecture time when only one quarter of the students can attend?

In the upcoming semester, we are going to organise and hold a beginner’s lecture with some peculiar restrictions (due to the COVID-19 crisis): We can use a lecture hall at two 90-minute slots per ...
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Can someone do another Masters in Canada if you already have a Masters and PhD from the UK?

Can someone do another Masters in Canada if you already have a Masters and PhD from the UK?
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Advice for first time mathematics TA during the COVID-19 pandemic [closed]

I'm set to start my first year as a TA at a large R1 institution. My teaching assignment consists of being a TA for an honors calculus I section. This includes holding a weekly problem solving session ...
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Asking A Colleague for a Letter of Recommendation

I am working as an Assistant Professor at a university for over 2 years, but I am not happy with my current job and university. I want to apply to a university in another country (from where I've done ...
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How to handle students' disrespectfulness?

Related with this problem: How to deal with unruly, unengaged students who complain about me? After the chairman spoke to me, I started talking to my students softly (more than needed). I tried many ...
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How to deal with students who refuse to do anything except take exams?

This is a follow up to my previous question. Some context: I teach at a new Fachhochschule-type institute, where my course is 5-day, 1 hour/day course to 20+ students. I am actively teaching, ...
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How to write good and effective lecture notes? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student. During the lectures the professors simply keep talking and at times write some stuff on the board. I am not sure when and what to write in my book. I am asking because I ...
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Is it ethical to use already existing material to complement teaching?

As background, I have a MSc in Chemical Engineering, and I am currently teaching in one of the first Fachhochschule-type institutes that have been established in my country. This institute stands as ...
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Organizing time in a flipped classroom course

Suppose, to fix ideas, that I have a course that runs for 11-12 weeks with two 2-hour classes per week. There is no further time allocated in the timetable for recitations or TAs; both lectures and ...
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Remote lecturing: best software approach [duplicate]

With the recent outbreak of covid-19 many of us will need to think about remote means of teaching. The option for me that seems ideal would be the capacity to broadcast exactly what is on my screen ...
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Alternatives to big-name proprietary remote-lecturing tools

As in many other universities, due to the coronavirus outbreak now we are supposed to do our teaching online in videoconference style. Our university suggests using either Microsoft Teams or Google ...
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Are my responsibilities as a lecturer the same as a teacher at school? [closed]

I am employed at an university in my country. I am teaching the statistic. The rule of the students is to spoon feed. That is, they expect the lecturer to care about them as if they are at high-school....
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How to read/react to students' evaluation?

For my first course on CS topic (first course on the topic and not the first overall), I used the university evaluation system to ask students about their feedback. In addition to responding to ...
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What is the necessary entity that cannot be done by professor without physical classroom with assembled students? [closed]

I want to know whether there is any necessary entity (quality/property) in the traditional classroom teaching that cannot be done without a physical classroom with intended students. Please keep aside ...
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Is the practice of keeping written papers or presentations for delivering lectures recommended?

Professors of my institution use PowerPoint presentations or written papers or some other aid material for delivering a lecture in the classroom. But doesn't it indicate less expertise? I have this ...
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How can I encourage good note-taking?

Often, college students do not always know what kinds of notes they should be taking. How can I encourage students to take notes more efficiently and more effectively? In one of my lecture-style ...
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Teaching subjects as an instructor which I scored average grades in

As a final year PhD student, I have been asked to teach a short introductory course on solid mechanics for undergrad students. Now, my PhD research has been applied mechanics where I developed tools ...
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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 ...