Thursday, February 16, 2012

"The lecture hall is under attack." But still respected & enhanced at annual Lilly Conferences on College Teaching

[We'll discuss a Lilly Conference hybrid session this Friday 2pm ET online   Feb 17, 2012
"Dissect & Improve Hybrid Workshop &Update on Ender’s Test of Artificial Instruction"
For more about Lilly Conferences, see]  

"The anti-lecture movement is fueled, too, by the proliferation of online lectures, which threaten the monopoly on learning long held by bricks-and-mortar campuses.
..."active learning is hard work..."
- excerpts above from "Colleges looking beyond the lecture" By , Published: February 15 online  and February16 hard copy in The Washington Post

The highly-respected annual Lilly Conferences on College & University Teaching demonstrate quite effectively their longstanding commitment to active learning. Even in these conferences, what is the most prestigious invitation?  To be a plenary session speaker! And most Lilly plenary sessions are predominantly large group lectures (audience usually 200 to 700 in one large room).  

However, most Lilly plenaries include some interactivities - small group discussion within the audience and active dialogue between audience and presenter. Perhaps equally important and unusual is the expectation that invited speakers stay for the full 3 days of the conference and participate in sessions and informal conversations.  So the Lilly plenary "lectures" are extended and enhanced both within the plenary sessions and by encouraging related interactions.

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