Research seminar: Engaging Large Audiences – Tips and Tricks

In a series: Educational Research Seminars 2016-17
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Dr Ian Turner looks at some entertaining and innovative ways to assist with the delivery of your subject material.

Educational research seminar, 13 October 2016

Engaging Large Audiences: Tips and Tricks

Dr Ian Turner, University of Derby

Abstract
Cast your mind back to your days as an undergraduate student: can you actually recall all those session you sat in? Chances are they have been assigned to the brain waste disposal bin. There may of course be some lectures you can recall. These could be because of the scintillating subject matter, but more likely it was because of the presenter! We can all recall that doctor or professor that no matter what they were talking about they made every session engaging, enthralling and entertaining.

Entertainment is not something that is taught in a traditional Postgraduate teaching course or flagged up as essential on job criteria of lectureship posts, but I think they should be! This session looks at some entertaining and innovative ways to assist with the delivery of your subject material specifically when teaching larger numbers of students in classrooms and lecture theatres.

Biography
Dr. Ian Turner is the Head of Forensic Science at the University of Derby. Ian is interested in all aspects of learning and teaching and especially keen on innovative ways to engage students. Ian was appointed a National Teaching Fellow by the HEA in 2014, primarily based around his ‘pantomime’ approach to teaching. Despite his management role Ian loves nothing more than getting in front of the students and passing on his enthusiasm for his subject.