Introduction: Conversational Conferences * In a conversational conference, the dominant style of presentation is the conversational talk

Many conferences are a series of PowerPoint talks interspersed by the occasional panel discussion. The audience gets a little time to ask questions, but they get absolutely no time to reflect or interact with each other besides in the coffee breaks or over lunch. Not allowing time for conversation is a missed opportunity for the … Continue reading Introduction: Conversational Conferences * In a conversational conference, the dominant style of presentation is the conversational talk

When it comes to lectures, appearances can be deceiving ** Eric Mazur thought he was a good teacher until he discovered his students were just memorizing information

Imagine you receive the same lecture twice: once from a charismatic lecturer speaking fluently without notes and maintaining eye contact; and again from a hesitant speaker, slumped over her notes and stumbling over her words. Which is better? Regarding what you learn there is surprisingly little to choose between the two, according to a team … Continue reading When it comes to lectures, appearances can be deceiving ** Eric Mazur thought he was a good teacher until he discovered his students were just memorizing information

Flipped teaching * Speech is a bad medium for communicating information - so watch lectures at home

Traditional lectures such as the one below can be sleep inducing or worse: Boring Economics teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The idea behind flipped teaching is straightforward: Students watch video recordings of lectures in their place of choice in their own time. The time in class is now available for hands-on work and face-to-face interaction … Continue reading Flipped teaching * Speech is a bad medium for communicating information – so watch lectures at home