12 Ways to Improve your Lectures


Tomorrow’s Teaching and Learning


Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures

“College is a place where the professor’s lecture notes go straight to the students’ lecture notes, without passing through the brains of either.”– Mark Twain

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.” – Albert Camus

Lectures are often derided as ineffective, outmoded, and anathema to what we know about cognition, engagement, and student learning. As Woodring and Woodring (2001) note, “it has become trendy to ‘lecture bash,’ to describe colleagues who openly espouse the use of lecture techniques as old fashioned and out of step with educational trends” (109). In educational theory, the research literature is bursting with suggestions on how to “move beyond the lecture” by employing methods that are more active, cooperative, and learner-centered (Bonwell and Eison 1991; Brockbank and McGill 2007; Felder and Brent 2009; Lambert and McCombs 1998). Continue reading

Hazard of being a Student

Often people ask me how I can be in the Culinary Industry and stay so small. Well, compared to being a student it is easy; you are on the go all day eating small snacks and burning calories constantly.

Comparatively, a student sits in front of a computer screen, runs on sugar and caffeine and racks up Chiropractic bills.

I thought maybe it was just me until I ran across this……

Researchers at Auburn University found that after four years in college, about 70 per cent of students gain weight (almost 12 lb.), and the percentage considered overweight or obese increases from 18 per cent to an alarming 31 per cent at graduation. Time to consider trade school?

MacLean’s Magazine, October 1, 2012, page 8

Computer Challenged Chef

A digital native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technologies and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts. A digital immigrant is an individual who was born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later in life. I am now attempting to become a landed immigrant in the digital world.