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

Death by PowerPoint Over the years, I have attended, spoken at, or chaired many conferences and apart from a few notable exceptions I have been appalled at the design of the events. Although, occasionally there are mini-workshops and other interactive sessions, the dominant format is the deathly “PowerPoint presentation.” These presentations typically take the form … 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

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

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 simple: Students watch lectures and videos at home. The class is for hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers. The rationale is simple too: Speech is … Continue reading Flipped teaching * Speech is a bad medium for communicating information – so watch lectures at home