Is online provision going to dictate the University timetable in future?
Nice piece in the Chronicle on this.
The story includes an interesting (worrying?!) commentary about a communications lecturer, a Mr Kehoe:
When he teaches an hourlong class, he now breaks his material up into sections so he can stop every 15 minutes or so for a three-minute break, during which he’ll show a comedy video clip from YouTube or another Web site. Those short breaks pay off, he says. “When they move back to listening to me, they’re concentrating in a way they weren’t before.” His students agree. “It made classes feel shorter,” says Adelaida Ortega, a student who graduated from York this month. ” Another of Mr. Kehoe’s recent students, Jessica McCrossan, says the class always looked forward to the “laugh break,” as students called it. “I found it not only helped break the tension and relax us, it helped to bring us closer to the professor as a person.
Or is this just pandering? Isn’t it reasonable to expect students to stay alert for nearly an hour?