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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 study and follow a lecture if it feels like the professor is info dumping and cramming too much information in 1 class period?

I am taking 8 classes my spring sophomore semester as a finance major and 3 of which feel like the professors are info dumping without following the textbook, lecture slides, and scheduled chapters. ...
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Using another professor's slides for my course

I teach economics at an Indian University and recently came across some good publicly available lecture slides by another professor (US R1 University). I would like to share the slides with my ...
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How to make very long lectures interesting?

The university I work at has 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorials. How can I make the lectures more interesting and interactive than regular lecture mode? As usually I keep my tutorials hands ...
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How to deal with a group of students that doesn't pay attention and keeps talking to each other in class?

My new cohort of students (less than 15) are a specific group that can be highly talkative and don’t always pay attention when I’m teaching. I’ve tried some interactive learning games in the classroom ...
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If I get a HE fellowship do I still need a PGCert for academic practice or equivalent to become a lecturer?

I have a PhD and have been working as a researcher and associate lecturer in a UK University. I want to become a Lecturer. I have the credentials for a higher education (HE) Fellowship and some for a ...
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Context based teaching

In areas such as information and computer science, what is meant by teaching in different contexts? I have noticed some teaching positions require a document detailing contexts one has taught in. I ...
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How to get approach in teaching a subject you are fluent in but not included in your degree

I am a Mathematics graduate and have done a post-graduate degree too, with a research component involving a mathematical application in cryptography. I'm currently working as a temporary lecturer in ...
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Best way to create & update lecture notes

I have a draft that contains 15-16 seminars (=detailed solution of problems + some additional information that was omitted in lectures). Currently I am polishing my draft in order to provide my ...
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Presenting teaching experiences and teaching plans in job talk

I have received an invitation to give a job talk for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in at a Agriculture university (U.S.). The position entails 80% research and 20% teaching ...
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Explanation of certain phrases in an online interview for a fixed term teaching position at a certain Scottish university

I've applied for a (teaching only) mathematics lecturer position at a certain Scottish university, and as part of the application process, they shortlisted me for an online interview, where they're ...
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Points to focus on while making a video of an online teaching demonstration for a university teaching position application

I've applied for a mathematics teaching position at a university, and as part of the application process, I'm supposed to submit a video of my teaching. The exact guideline says: "Select a small ...
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Can I suggest that my professor use slides instead of writing everything on the board?

I got a newly hired professor this semester. He is a good teacher but sometimes gets in trouble explaining a new topic since he writes the big formulae on the board and misses a lot of things in the ...
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Any advice on developing a mini-course?

I was suggested to develop a mini-course that should last somewhere between a week and two weeks. The subject of the mini-course is both advanced and niche -- material would be based mostly on my ...
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Should I give a brutally honest feedback on course evaluations?

We are towards the end of a graduate level course of about 20 students, and its time for course evaluation. The instructor is fairly new (just graduated from Ph.D a year ago) and is not a native ...
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What are the special measures to be taken into account by a lecturer in +100-student classes?

What special measures does one take into account to deliver lectures in classes including +100 students (compared to those of less-crowded classes)?
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My students are leaving notes on exam about their difficulties and mental health. How to proceed?

This is the first semester in which classes aren't online anymore after the pandemic where I lecture (For information, this is in Brazil, and English is not my mother language). It's been two years of ...
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What is the smallest reasonable amount of time needed to prepare lectures?

What is the smallest reasonable amount of time needed to prepare lectures? I have recently learned that professors at my university (in UK) don't know who is going to teach one of the new modules ...
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How to answer rhetorical questions

Often in lectures, my professors will ask rhetorical questions. Sometimes, their body language makes it look like they're waiting for a response, and they'll even look intensely at a specific student ...
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Visiting lectures in German Universities

I want to know whether I can visit lectures in German universities as a listener (without being enrolled at the uni). For example, I wish to study in Heidelberg University but want to talk to the ...
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How to communicate students' feedback about a professor as a TA

I'm a TA. Recently a few students (good students) approached me, because they are having a hard time retaining the information from the main professor's lectures. (They think he is putting too much ...
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Is it appropriate for professors to use the f*** word during lectures?

This has happened a few times. The university is an average, good university in UK. One professor said lately "I'm so sick of this f****** pandemic." Another time another lecturer said "...
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The more I improve the quality of my course, the worse the student evaluation becomes. Should I provide low quality lectures?

For almost 6 years, I have given courses on different CS topics at my university. This year, I decided to make my lectures and tutorials for a specific master course as perfect as possible, so I and ...
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University Workload Model Design - Preparation time for Instruction and Assessment [closed]

I work for a UoT (University of Technology) in SA as a curriculum development practitioner in the Health Science fields of study. Our academic programmes are designed to run over a 30 academic week ...
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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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Does a youtube channel with my lectures add to my portfolio in graduate applications if the response is good?

Will teaching physics on a youtube channel and receiving a good response on it help me with my grad school applications in the subject?
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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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Trial (test) lecture as part of the interview process for a tenure-track position

I have been invited to give a trial lecture for a tenure track position in Norway. This is part of a hiring process that three top candidates have been shortlisted for the interview. The lecture ...
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Is it conventional to point out harmless typos in mathematical derivations in lecture notes?

I am on a physics course. Often I struggle with following mathematical derivations, so I aim to scrutinize them very carefully to make sure I understand them. Sometimes I find mistakes in the lecture ...
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Is this tenured professor plagiarizing his lectures?

A tenured professor at my university has hand-copied an out of print textbook in his field. His lectures consist of reading his hand-written notes from the text to his students. He does not deviate ...
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Online classes - student says his learning style is different so he doesn't attend

My university has opted for online classes this semester, and I think it is great to be honest for the nature of the course topic, so a 3 hour course has a live section, reading assignments section ...
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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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What's the meaning of "Topics in ... "?

I have seen some courses in the university that start with "Topics in this ... Topics in that ...", I have also seen some books that use that word "Topics in Algebraic Graph Theory"...
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