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Designing Knockout Lectures
(Interactive lecture design & delivery in both small and large class contexts)

Workshop Description

The lecture in its many forms is still the most commonly used method of delivering instruction in higher education today. There presently are many calls to move away from the traditional lecture to interactive varieties as such an effective lecture can be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of an educator’s work. The time and effort invested in planning, structuring and preparing can lead to students interacting, discussing, questioning and working together.

Issues important in large university lectures are the same issues important in lectures of any size, such as being systematic and organised, motivating students, maintaining quality of learning and developing authentic activities. However, many of these issues and challenges are magnified with large groups. Most of the research in this area suggests that larger classes lead to increased diversity and complexity. Part of this workshop will be devoted to identifying ways in which increased class size creates both problems for academic staff and students, as well as successful strategies in terms of managing, and lecturing to large classes.

Workshop Content

As well as looking at different models to create memorable lectures, we will explore practical strategies and activities for keeping students engaged in both small and large classes, offers tips on getting and keeping students' attention and giving them opportunities to critically review and apply important concepts. The workshop is very practical in focus and will give each participant the opportunity to look at their own lecture designs in depth and integrate active learning strategies where appropriate.

Who the workshop will benefit

This workshop in intended for more experienced lecturers who are about to get involved in preparing an occasional lecture for the first time, and those who are still relatively new to lecturing and intend to review their practice in this area.

Links to DIT Institutional Objectives

This workshop is considered to support the following DIT institutional objectives:

  • Develop the curriculum
  • Develop and support teaching excellence
  • Develop key skills & competencies in students
Any pre-requisites / advance preparation required?

There are no pre-requisites for this workshop.

Workshop duration: 3 hours
Facilitated by?

This workshop is facilitated by Roisin Donnelly of the DIT Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre. http://www.dit.ie/lttc/aboutthelttc/staff/roisinsdonnellyspage/#d.en.28760

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