Thursday, 25 October 2018

Restore Default Settings

Just what button do I press to restore factory settings on a student's brain?

How do they change from the enquiring, responsive child and knowledge "sponge" to the passive, receiver of information devoid of intrinsic motivation to learn?
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
...and, just what are University lecturers doing about it?

The responsibility is shared, of course, but it does seem to me that Universities could actually make their Semester 1 studies interesting and engaging, based on enquiry, rather than information shovelling.

  • How many Universities make a positive decision to put their most engaging teachers in first-year classes?
  • How many Universities face hundreds of first-year students all needing individual learning experiences but respond with standard fare?
  • How many buy-in online content from (some excellent) providers, previously known as textbook publishers, simply to cope with the number of assessments to mark?
  • How many lecturers use harsh marking in early assessments "just to show them that its tough at Uni"?
Just asking...

Oh and, just what button do I press to restore factory settings on a Lecturer's brain?

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