Now that I finished my first semester of teaching, I've been breaking my head on one question that keeps coming back to my mind, and that's the following:
I realize there are as many learning styles as there are students in a lecture room. How can we accommodate this, and how can a traditional-style lecture cater to different learning styles?
As I recently read an article about reasons why traditional lectures are awful, I was even more wondering what we can do to make use of our classroom time in an effective way for students - and that only boils down to the question: how can we make sure students actually learn something in the classroom, regardless of all the different learning styles out there.
An answer I can't provide. I never learned much in a lecture room myself, and if I don't take the book of abstracts and/or proceedings to conference lectures, my attention might drift off as well. My learning style is simple: sit in quiet with a book and work through the information myself. I skipped many lectures in university because I preferred to study by myself.
Now that I am teaching, I am trying to find ways to increase the return on investment for students in my classes - but I haven't got much farther than using the occasional video and showing calculation examples.
Probably I should follow this post up with a Twitter chat with some more experienced lecturers.
If you have any suggestions, do let me know!