Without any pre-amble, launch into 40+ PowerPoint slides _dense_ with lengthy bullet points, indecipherable equations, incomprehensible (but clearly very clever) diagrams. Sprinkle with unexplained quotes and familiar clipart. Move rapidly through the slides, but not quite so fast as to allow them to lose all hope of grasping what is going on. Deliver in a monotone. Occasionally pause for no apparent reason.
Done well, this approach can kill sloths at 100yds.
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"Bob doesn't know what he's talking about" (where Bob is another lecturer on the course - names have been changed to protect the innocent)
"So, I'm assuming you are all familiar with [insert theory no one in the class has studied before]" Often unsaid.
Anyone who takes lessons from Sheldon Cooper (see Big Bang Theory on TV) on motivating students - usually a paraphrasing of "I'm a genius, but you're all thick, inferior beings who should just be happy to be in my aura".
Reads word for word, and only the words, on the handout that has already been given out. For the whole lecture. For the whole course. (Yes, that happened in one of my modules - and if you think reading from powerpoint is bad...)
Another one that happened in my ugrad class (different class - I should add most of the lecturers were great!) *just started lecturing when the internal phone in the theatre goes off.
Picks up phone, nods, says "mmm hmmm" turns to class* "I've got to go. PDQ."
He didn't come back. We never did find out what the phone call was about.
Rachael Carkett wrote:
> Now I know you are all going to find this difficult as all my students
> have in the past given their marks.......
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> Sent: 22 October 2012 19:06
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> Subject: how to lose your students in 30 seconds?
> Dear colleagues,
> I am looking to create a short but also fun 'learning object' to
> communicate with my PGCert participants things that they should avoid
> or at least think twice before they say to students when they start
> their lectures or any teaching session. Through an informal session
> with past PGCert participants we identified the following as possible ways to 'lose your students'
> attention in 30 seconds':
> 1. I am not an expert in this area but I was asked to cover the
> materials ....
> 2. I haven't updated this presentation for a while now...but 3. I know
> this presentation is going to be boring, but please try to focus....
> 4. This is a very difficult lecture but....
> Can you please add to this list your top phrase? My aim is to create a
> 5-8 minutes video in the form of an animation with talking heads using
> the expressions that I will collect. I will make the video available
> through youtube to this list so you can use it if you think it would
> be of any use to you! I will acknowledge all contributors at the end
> of the video. Please reply directly to my e-mail to avoid overloading this mailist:
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> Thank you
> Dr Panos Vlachopoulos, B.Ed,M.Ed,PhD,FHEA Programme Director PGCPP
> Lecturer in Academic Practice Centre for Learning Innovation and
> Professional Practice Aston University Birmingham
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