Hmmm… I read his well written blog and it was about professors using SMARTBoards — you know the one’s that act as giant interactive touch surfaces. In fact, I use them myself when I deliver seminars and workshops — good stuff, particularly if you have a SMARTBoard that broadcasts over the web in real-time. That's great for virtual or online teaching.
But, then it got me thinking. Maybe professors (and teacher, presenters, instructors) should be SMART — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound.
In fact, I would say that all presenters (including professors) should be:
- specific in what they say
- state ideas that can be measured (or “proven”)
- ask for for work that is achievable
- present what is relevant to the topic at hand, and
- make the ideas testable.
But, I do agree with his conclusions: presenters (and most definitely professors) are often too lazy to leverage all the resources they have at their disposal. Let’s be honest, building and delivering an interactive, engaging, and insightful presentation is difficult and exhausting; I guess to many presenters have more important things to do…