University students prefer the “old school” approach of an engaging lecture over the use of the latest technological bells and whistles in the classroom. That was a finding in a recent study of the perceptions of students and professors in Quebec on the use of information and communications technologies, or ICTs, in higher learning.
“Students are old school – they want lectures. They want to listen to a professor who’s engaging, who’s intellectually stimulating and who delivers the content to them,” says Vivek Venkatesh, associate dean of academic programs and development in the school of graduate studies at Concordia University. Dr. Venkatesh says this goes against much of what he hears at professional development workshops that stress interactive learning strategies, often using technology.
Some of you need to put down your iPad’s and your powerpoints and learn how to speak. It’s what the kids want. And considering the boring styles of many presenters at various conferences, some of you need a LOT of work on public speaking. Stop listening to the ‘experts’ at tech driven workshops and develop the art of communication. A good communicator is a good teacher and all the technology in the world can’t turn a bore into a blast.