At tomorrow’s METAL workshop there will be a panel discussion at the end. I do not yet know which sort of questions will be asked, but here are a few that I have thought of for myself. In these questions I am typically thinking of my own use of videos (screencasts) of lectures along with the PDF files I produced during classes by annotating my PDF slides. However the same questions apply to some extent to almost any materials we make available (but possibly with different answers!).
For several of these questions I am aware of pros and cons for each possible answer.
- Do the “right” students benefit from the materials we make available? Is it the case that the more materials we make available, the better the best students do, while other students may even do worse?
- Should materials be made available immediately after classes, or is slow/delayed release better?
- What do we care about most: good student evaluations, good exam results, or an improvement in the level of understanding some or most of our students attain? How closely linked are these things?
- Are standard lectures necessary or desirable when a complete set of video lectures and notes for the module is already available? Or is it more efficient/effective to incorporate existing materials into some alternative teaching style/methodology?
- What are the best uses, if any, for last year’s materials?