Am I really that busy?

One of my biggest challenges when teaching first year is to help students think that their opinions and questions are worthwhile – that it doesn’t matter if there are 400 other students in the class, that they should still ask questions and talk to me when they want to. However, getting them to feel comfortable…

How to make my lectures more effective – Part 1

As part of my study leave, I am indulging in reading books. This is something that I rarely get to do in my normal day-to-day activities, normally I will instead treat them as references, reading a chapter here, skimming a section there, following up references to articles with easier (quicker?) to digest findings. But in…

HERDSA 2011 – day four

The last day of a conference is always rather quiet – people are already heading home, and after days of listening to talks, your brain becomes rather saturated. Today was only a half day, with a smaller number of streams, and the final key note – and unusually, many of the participants stayed through to…