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Don't lecture me - Donald Clark ALT-C 2010 keynoteLearning 4735 views
If you get a chance and work in formal education, watch this challenging talk from Donald Clark.
Donald's been debating the merits of lectures for years, it's probably a good idea to look at these posts to get some background:
Some key points to take away from the discussion:
- The lecture is the default - so we need to abolish the job description: "lecturer".
- Maslow's hierarchy of needs (and lots of other models in current use) only survive because they are easy to put on a Powerpoint.
- If you're going to stand and broadcast - then do it proprly - make them good, and at scale.
- "We don't need lectures, we need performers who turn learning into a live and enjoyable experience".
- The lecture is not a good method for promoting critical thought.
- A lecture should be as long as it needs to be. Why is an hour the default?
- Mazur's work at Harvard with undergraduate physics is a good model to look at for a new way of approaching "instruction".
- Using lectures as a basis for learning makes no reference to current research in how people learn. eg. learning by doing, spaced practice, collaborative.
- Why do we go to conferences, when we can get what we need online?
Love this. I can still enjoy a lecture, it has to be said, but Donald raises so many valid arguments. Most lecturers who follow the model that he describes in the beginning are not even remotely interested in the welfare or the progress of their students… and for that, they should be ashamed of themselves.
When I engaged with Donald on FB about it, he assured me that I was definitely on the ‘dark side’, i.e. rebellious against the status quo. I took that as high praise indeed!