Right now, I’m wondering why some lecturers are viewed as being really good and some are viewed as being utterly crap.
I think I have an idea as to why this is.
A lecturer’s goal is to successfully assist in the passing on of knowledge to people who are there to learn.
Well, this is what I believe that their goal is. I could be entirely incorrect.
I imagine that a lot of them might just treat it as another part of a job that they need to complete, whereas other treat it as something that will help a future generation of graduates get somewhere in life by discovering what they do and don’t want to do when they get through a few years of study.
Sometimes lecture information can be really dense and sometimes it’s quite light and easy to understand.
A good lecturer will take their time in getting through the information but, if for some reason they need to get through it quickly, they’ll at least say so, because a good lecturer will understand that not everyone learns things at the same rate as each other and that it is likely that the majority of the people attending lectures will be learning the things they are learning about for the first time (with the majority also probably being out of school only recently), and are possibly trying to adjust to this “new” way of obtaining information.
A good lecturer’s slides will be something that can looked over and not leave someone feeling too confused.
A bad lecturer will rush through everything as much as possible, not seeming to care that they’re meant to be teaching people, cramming as much as possible in because they’ve used too many words, have poor slides and may leave people feeling overwhelmed far too often. They don’t seem to understand that they’re teaching people with (what is usually the case) significantly less experience in the subject than the lecturer, leaving many students to have to work harder due to circumstances that are a bit more beyond their control; circumstances that could have easily been improved upon had the lecturer actually put a bit more effort into understanding that they’re working with people who need to have a more solid base to build off instead of having far too much information thrown at them at once and then seemingly expected to understand what it is that they’ve just learned about, causing problems down the track as, if they don’t have enough time to understand everything, it could cause their grades to suffer.
I wouldn’t say that students aren’t accountable for a lack of understanding, because some have more than enough time to learn and procrastinate far more than they should and they can only blame themselves for whatever consequences that may have.
However, there are plenty of lecturers who need to learn more about how to give a lecture because they aren’t about rushing through a lot of information as quickly as possible.
The time it took to write five-hundred words: 11:09:71
Slower than I hoped.
Such is the way of things when i comes to empty ranting.
Written at home.