The problem with traditional lectures

September 8, 2010

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, University of Guelph business dean Julia Christensen Hughes argues that the traditional lecture is not the best way to learn. One problem is that we try to stuff too much into a lecture, she says. A lecture can be useful if a professor is communicating his or her passion, telling stories, and pausing for questions. In order to improve teaching, we have to change the experience of PhD programs to prepare faculty for their role as teachers, Christensen Hughes says. Globe and Mail