No Lectures Ever

So, if I gave you the opportunity to have courses without lectures, where you would be required to meet with a faculty member one-on-one or in small groups four or five times a semester to get the professor’s deepest insights into the material and get your questions answered, would you sign up for that course? You would still have to complete assignments and show you know the material, but no lectures ever. Would you do it?

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5 thoughts on “No Lectures Ever

  1. Additional commentary from Facebook:

    Gabe Zayas (current CBA student): Open discussions > Lecture

    Kimberly Lewis (communications professional, UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science): I voted “depends.” Lectures can be fantastic, if the speaker has dynamic presentation skills. Listening to a talented speaker is an excellent learning experience. However, if the professor has no public speaking talent (monotone, dull, no energy, doesn’t move the topic along, etc), then I’d rather go vacuum my car or do my taxes than sit there and listen.

  2. It could only work with the right students and the right professors. I did this, by choice, with some professors. Not because I needed the help to ace a test, but because I knew I would get some extra info, more practical info, that I can take with me to the real world.

    Here’s an idea: If you really want to improve the quality of your students, require your professors to shadow directors of their respective field. Directors are a good level because they can get a good view of the ground floor. I bet they will learn some things to pass on to their students which in turn will improve the quality of the students. No offense, but the real world does not operate like the textbooks say, and it changes each year. Example: Marketing plans are not these long, drawn out documents like we had to prepare in school. They are short, billeted-point presentations with only some key research that is meant to be shaped and modified perpetually.

  3. Is this really a possibility at UCF? My classes had anywhere from 40-350 people in them (not counting mixed mode or online classes…). Your proposal would drastically increase the quality of education.

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