Last Friday I presented a workshop at the annual conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) on how I use radio (broadcast and podcast) in my undergraduate teaching.
It was a blast; largely because I took the advice of Mano Singham (with thanks to Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens for the reference).
So, the morning of the workshop I posted this on Twitter:
— Mike Ridley (@mridley) June 24, 2016
Singham’s cri de coeur (Death to the Syllabus!) had an impact on me. If I’m not watchful in my presentations and my teaching, I will fill up the time with my own ideas and my own voice (which may or may not be code for “I lecture too much”).
Viewing my workshop participants as co-creators opened the door for a much more interactive and, I think, satisfying session. “Trust the group” is something I’ve heard over and over from my mentors (thinking of you Kathryn Deiss). And, of course, they came through with questions, suggestions, observations, debates …. all those things that make for an effective learning experience.
BTW here’s a link to the PPT for the workshop …. the vast majority of which I never actually used.