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Don't lecture me - Donald Clark ALT-C 2010 keynoteLearning 4353 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?
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!