Dr. Mike Atkinson
Social Science Centre 6316
519-661-2111 ext. 84644
My main focus is effective teaching in a large class format. The goal is to try to understand what works and why. Instructor characteristics and structure are clearly important, but aspects of delivery can be used to become more effective. I look at large class teaching as “educational theatre” and one must treat the lecture in that fashion. For example, theatres have sets, ambiance, scripts and production involved in a presentation. We can use these metaphors in the large class to become more effective instructors.
Current interests include the use of multimedia in the classroom, structure of media materials, effective lecturing, test construction, learning styles, class size, and the effective use of nonverbal behaviour.
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