Cathy N. Davidson suggests some easy yet constructive ways to introduce and frame a course that can enhance student-centered learning.
“Those of us who are interested in pedagogy typically advocate engaged, active, student-led forms of learning. But in the modern academy, most of us have had to teach at least one large lecture course. Sure, you can be creative and engaged in the small discussion sessions. But what about when you are on that stage, with a headset and a clicker, PowerPoint slides looming behind you and 200 students are waiting eagerly for the week’s TED-like talk (if they are lucky to have an eloquent prof) or glaring stone-faced at the stage or their cellphone screens…?”
Read the full op-ed here.