- Alex Chanson
- Princeton Junction, NJ
- United States
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Universities need to change the way they lecture
Many of us have experienced it; the dreadful, monotone, powerpoint slide reading professor in our microeconomics lecture hall. The heavy sweating, grade-dependent students are attentive at the front, while two-thirds of the student body behind them aimlessly diverts their attention.
The problem is not the material, it is the way it is presented. Professors are undervalued because they are simply reading slides and facts. Teachers need to be motivators instead of presenters. They need to encourage innovative ideas through more participation and interaction.
I understand that sometimes many of these circumstances are unavoidable. Some concepts need to be taught in these large lecture halls. The problem arises when students move through the education system, when they are finally in a smaller more concentrated class and they still feel they are in that microeconomics lecture hall.
The internet now gives students the ability to find what/who motivates them. Many rave about websites such as ted, kahn academy and academic earth. With emerging choices in speakers, universities are becoming less effective. It's much harder to be forced to learn from a professor who doesn't teach in a student's style when students now have the opportunity choose.
IDEA: How about incorporating these tools to stimulate conversation? Giving students direct links with motivating videos and stimulating news articles to watch and read before class! Then when they come in they have more to talk about and can debate ideas that encompass the material that is required to be learned. This would be more effective then sending required textbook material and reiterating the textbook material in class.
Any input or comments are highly appreciated!