A conference I wish I’d been able to attend, although Martin Bean has got the phrase slightly wrong:

In the conference’s opening speech, Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of The Open University, also urged institutions and academics to “deconstruct and reconstruct” their approach to teaching.

Scholars should move away from the traditional “sage on the stage” approach to lectures and instead become “the coach on the side”, using interactive technology to engage with students, he said.

Platforms such as YouTube could also be used to aid teaching, he added. “The resistance to embracing these innovative spaces can [come] from your academic community,” he said. “But it does not need to be super-expensive or really tricky to do some really remarkable things.”

GUIDE on the side (rhymes), not COACH on the side! Read full story.

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