I heard several students in clinical
complainig about being assigned presentations
for their lecture topics.
I don't see the fault of students presenting the lecture topics.
In fact students learn more (I think)
when they present the topics themselves.
I would follow-up their presentations
with very synoptic Handout(s)/mini power point lecture(s) to ensure that the scheduled Examination content is included.
SOME STUDENTS have actually declared,
"My tuition is paying for Professor/Instructor-led lectures NOT Student presentations!"
Are the Students' Right to a College Education violated by a lecture that is mainly facilitated by Student Presentations?
If the Student Presentations are part of their grade, would it make a difference?:spin:
Thanks, in advance, for your opinions, thoughts and insights
May 27, '09
I think it is perfectly appropriate to include student presentations. However, like everything else in life, a lot depends on how those presentations are included. For example:
1. The learning objectives to justify why the students must present should be incorporated into the course objectives so that students know WHY they are doing them -- and the reasons should not focus on the provision of education to their classmates. The objectives should focus on things like (a) locating information (b) organizing and prioritizing information (c) communicating health information to others, etc. The students should understand that skills they practice while preparing and presenting the material are valuable to their future careers. They should not feel that they are doing it because the instructor is too lazy to teach the class.
2. The instructor should not rely on the students to do most of the teaching. The instructor should share his/her expertise with the students in a way that the students recognize as "teaching." Students have a valid point when the entire class consists of ONLY student presentations.
3. Students should be provided with clear expectations so that they know what is expected of them -- and be guided toward appropriate resources to use for the project. It is the instructor's job to "teach" them how to do a good presentation. How many questions do we get here on allnurses from students assigned to do a paper or presentation who claims they do not understand their assignment and/or have no idea as to where to go for resources? That's bad teaching.
Do you see what I am getting at? There is an underlying theme here. Some instructors assign papers and/or class presentations having done very little teacher prep in the planning of that assignment -- leaving the students to feel inadequately supported and not understanding the rationale for having to do the assignment. A good teacher does a good job of preparing the students for the assignment and supporting them so that the students can see the benefit of the activity. Students are much more likely to learn something when they understand what they are supposed to learn and are given the help they need to learn it.
Like a lot of things ... I've seen it doen well and I've seen it done badly. Sometimes, the students are right, but not always.
Last edit by llg on May 27, '09