Advice for a first-time lecturer?
A reader of this blog posted the following question in a comment on a different post, and I thought it might be worthwhile giving it some prominence and inviting responses from other readers. Here it is:
‘Do you have any specific advice for a first-time lecturer?
I am starting my first course next week (international criminal law with a very small group of post-grad law students). I will be veering away from powerpoint; except to use some photographs to punctuate the class and hopefully hold their attention. In some but not all classes, I plan to do interactive exercises and simulations. A field visit is planned, and a few classes where we will use film as an avenue to explore a theme.
In general though, aside from hoping that they have passion for the subject, how can I keep the class “with me” and engaged? And hide that I am a first-timer?!’
In in these days of employment control frameworks and budget cuts, there must still be some others setting out on a lecturing career who might value suggestions from experienced academics; indeed there may be some of the latter who would appreciate such advice. And also, students reading this may also want to comment on what stimulates them and keeps them engaged.