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You’re Holding it Wrong: Fixing Lectures Online and In the Classroom

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You’re Holding it Wrong: Fixing Lectures Online and In the Classroom


Presenter: David Thomas

Organization: University of Colorado Denver

Role: Director of Academic Technology

Track: Interactive Presentation

Topic: Disruptive Innovations

Level: For Mere Mortals


Abstract: Most lectures are a drag, recorded lectures are really a drag, yet teachers love lectures and students claim to like them. Question: What’s going on? This interactive session explains what is wrong with the lecture, what we can do about it, how to make the lecture work effectively both in the classroom and, more importantly, online.


Bio: David Thomas holds a PhD in planning and design from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado and works as
the director of academic technology at CU Online. He also teaches
regularly at the University of Colorado Denver. His interests range
from learning theory and the impacts of digital technology on culture
to his current focus on fun. For over 20 years he has worked as a
videogame journalist, tying many of these interests into the subject
of what makes one game better than another. His current interests
focus on the idea of "fun objects", with a special emphasis on the
question, What makes a place fun?" See more at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBgaf2VkzlQ&noredirect=1


Description: This session looks at the lecture, how we use them in the classroom and in online courses, and works to separate the effective from the questionable. Contemporary urges to discard the lecture and flip that classroom are balanced against more traditional uses of the lecture as the “sage on the stage”. Looking at the lecture as a form of “expert modeling” separated from the lecture as an antique form of didactic dissemination of information reveals that the lecture is not dead, just seriously in need of refocusing.   


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