He’s being a Sage on the Stage. Lecture, lecture, blah, blah, blah … zzzzzzzzzzz.
He is not engaging the students but is talking at them.
And, so many instructors do the same thing! It happens online, as well, with major content dumping and little learning.
The problem is we tend to teach the way we were taught. Why?
Because modelling is the most powerful method of learning. When someone shows us how to do something, we see and hear far more than the lessons or skills being presented.
We mimic what and how our teachers have taught us.
This post is part of the ‘Hug Your E-Learners’ series to help you be the best online instructor and build e-courses that create happy learners who will like, participate and complete your course.
After every new concept, stop and let your learners play with the ideas.
That is, create small, easy exercises to let learners play with the content and overcome confusion.
Remember, you are the content expert and have internalized the concepts or mastered the skills – your students have not.
Give them time to grasp it. Once they grasp it, they can apply it = successful learning.
If you are not facilitating an online course, but instead have a self-directed e-course, you can do the same exercise by asking the question and delaying the answer. Because it is a fun question that will pique their interest, they will be pondering the answer. The answer could be included in the following course module, or added to an interactive quiz making them think before they get it.
It simply is good teaching to add small, engaging exercises constantly thorough a course that allows learners to stop, breathe, practice and reflect on concepts.
To stop boring or overwhelming the learners, think about how they are doing and how they can absorb the information being provided.
See teaching in terms of supporting the process from baby steps to walking to running, each needing to be supported by the exercise before it.
And each step needs to be nurtured with good teaching, help, practice and feedback.