[lpi-discuss] OverHead Presentation Slides
alan.mckinnon at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 16:02:57 EDT 2009
On Wednesday 29 July 2009 17:26:20 Anselm Lingnau wrote:
> Jocelyn wrote:
> > Just asking if there is instructors on the list and asking how they
> > delivering courses on what Presentation slides ?
> As leading courseware providers we are frequently asked whether there are
> presentation slides to go with our manuals. (In fact the decision whether
> to purchase our manuals sometimes seems to hinge on the availability of
> slides rather than other criteria which to the naive observer might seem
> more important, like the arrangement of the content, the quality of the
> writing, or the presence and quality of exercises. It's a strange world.)
Personally, I never used slides and would always switch the projector off. I
also made students keep the courseware book closed.
I found that with slides, the students would concentrate on the slide, or read
the book and not listen to the instructor. They paid a fortnight's wages to
have data move from my head to theirs, not to read books.
My instructions style is that I talk to a bunch of actual people in front of
me. I observe them, figure out where they are at and communicate at that
level. I encourage interaction from the student, they can ask any sensible
question at any time, and I never found a set of slides that properly suited
any course. How could they? - no two courses are the same, people are
My somewhat limited observation of other instructors is that those who insist
on having slides are to some degree replacing themselves with a slide instead
of just standing there and talking to a person.
But that's me and that's my style. Having said that, not all slide collections
are bad. The RHCE ones are pretty good, I found they summarised the material
nicely. But I always used them after discussing a topic, never before and
certainly never during.
alan dot mckinnon at gmail dot com
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