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How can you keep students engaged during your lecture? How do you avoid distractions? This blog post offers some great advice on how to get and most importantly keep your students attention in the classroom and beyond.
We’ve all been there – someone asks a question and we know the answer but we can’t quite recall the information. A version of this is often experienced by students where one week they know a topic and can fluently answer questions but the next week, the information has evaporated. Often referred to as a ‘brain drain’ it is frustrating for both lecturer and student. But can interactive learning help avoid this problem?
Meetoo’s strategic goal is to attain a dominant global position in the provision of insight and two-way engagement through the mobile device, deploying a market leading product set that is mature, stable, and scalable without the need for significant further investment.
The education world has long known that all students learn differently but with the static methods of teaching available, it was always necessary to set the course for the slower-paced learner. This never gives an ideal outcome as that slower-paced learner can feel uncomfortable while quicker learners become bored. However, with the many ways to differentiate learning in the classroom, it is easier to provide an interactive, changeable experience for every student.
As Autumn starts, anyone in education is anticipating the new academic year. Whether they are deciding on how to engage a new group of students, set their key learning goals for their course, rearrange the seminar lecture layout, or wondering what assessment tools to use — there is a lot to think about and prepare. To some, this back to school planning process can be a daunting task.
Dr Samuel Johnson produced an anatomy of Procrastination in an essay of 1751. “The folly of allowing ourselves to delay what we know cannot be finally escaped is one of the general weaknesses which, in spite of the instruction of moralists, and the remonstrances of reason, prevail to a greater or less degree in every mind”, he pithily wrote.
If you haven’t yet experimented with live polling and discussion apps in class, the start of the new academic year is the time to give it a try. There are so many brilliant ways to use it, from energising your lecture to improving student retention and helping your students to achieve learning outcomes.
Making assessments and providing feedback is a significant part of an educators role. Normally, assessments involve a lecturer or teacher assessing a student through assignments or tests and giving feedback at a later stage, with the student a largely passive participant in this feedback process.
Higher education is presently undergoing a far-reaching transformation, enabled by the deploy-ment of disruptive technology. In the working world, technology has already radically enhanced the ability to connect with colleagues, customers, and clients across the globe at the press of a but-ton or the tap of an application downloaded to a smart phone. Moreover, companies increasingly leverage technology to enhance employee mentoring programmes.
Currently the UK is a leader in terms of the number of students that start and finish a university course. The latest figures offered by OECD for 2014 showed that just over 70% of students who started a course finished it, compared to figures of 49% in the US and just 31% in Australia.