An interesting but brief item from the online BBC news last week about how a lecturer is restructuring his teaching to utilise some of the benefits of the web and free up more of his time for small-group teaching.
Dr Bill Ashraf is using podcasting technology to deliver lectures to students, which they can listen to in their own time, using their computer, mp3 player, or phone. He will respond to questions about the lecture on his blog.
Dr Ashraf said the move would better suit the needs of distance learners, part-time students and those balancing studies with family and work.
He said: “Some lecture classes have 250 students, so I question the effectiveness of a didactic lecture for an hour.”