I’ve set lecture planning to one side for a week or so while I tackle the growing mound of exam style questions that need producing. That’s pretty hard going really and should inspire some good reflections on what has been taught in a course and, with a pinch of honesty, some reflections on how well [...]
With all the discussion of the relative merits or demerits of powerpoint, I thought it might be useful to take a step back and consider broadly what I’m doing in each of my classes and why.
All lectures delivered using a tablet laptop, annotated slides and lecture recordings provided to those students who [...]
It’s Friday evening and my patience is running short, so I’ll try to keep it brief.
Powerpoint and the like are tools, and the use to which tools are put is important in determining their worth in teaching. Tools can be abused, used to achieve great results but mostly are harnessed to achieve something around-about [...]
I hear read things about the role of PowerPoint (and related presentation software like Prezi and Keynote and whatever the free equivalents are called) in teaching and I rarely hear anything particularly positive. At the extreme end I hear people calling for it to be ‘banned’ in teaching. There isn’t another end of that scale, [...]
It is week 10 of the semester here and that means that everyone is pretty fraught. Deadlines, marking, the uncovery of under- or un-prepared lectures right before Christmas and for some, the residual effects of REF2014. Despite all that, there are a few reasons to be cheerful, if a little perplexed.
1. Inviting a class [...]
A draft post from December 2011, never published but worth considering this year before the Christmas conference season is once again upon us.
From the look of my Twitter timeline, and the absence of a handful of colleagues, it is the time of year for Christmas meetings of this or that groups of Chemists. [...]
All of our final year students do an independent research project irrespective of degree. There’s little point in discussing how to select a project in the first place because most institutions ask students to pick a selection of projects and hopefully allocate one of them. Anyway, its an undergraduate project and while extremely important in [...]
We’re now required to provide feedback in electronic format on all assessed work. Feedback differs from the marks made on work to justify grades (think tick, cross etc) and electronic should ensure legible feedback that is easier for our students to act on. I tend to go for whole cohort feedback as soon as I [...]
The deadline (and 7 day late deadline) has passed but I’ve not yet marked the work so this seems like a good time to talk about the first years’ information retrieval exercise. We use 15% of the module marks in one of our first year modules to have the students get accustomed to retrieving and [...]
Many new academics will be setting foot in the lecture theatre for the first time this autumn. For many, it will be the first time teaching a large group of students. Previous teaching experience in the UK typically tends to be laboratory demonstrating and small group tutorials as well as one-to-one supervision in the research [...]