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Lecture Handouts - Who Benefits?

Making lecture handouts available to students in advance of class can .

The following are case studies of students who may have particular difficulties.
Cases Issue Solutions for students
Mature Student Lower stamina means this student may find it difficult to write continuously for an hour. Thus missing vital points that are forgotten by revision time. Student uses lecture handout as a template during lectures. This means it is no longer necessary to take notes of every point.
"Traditional" Student Student finds that lectures become an exercise in speed writing and this hinders active cognitive engagement with the content. Student uses handouts in lectures as templates onto which they can add their own notes. This means less writing, and gives students the chance for cognitive engagement.
Student with a Disability Student sometimes must miss lectures due to medical appointments. Student downloads lecture material before the lecture and engages in relevant reading in her own time.
Student with a specific learning difficulty Some students will find it hard to follow the structure of the lecture aurally. Student looks at handouts in advance and familiarises herself with the lecture structure.
International student It can be difficult to follow a lecture, and to write notes, in a second language. Student uses handouts in lectures as templates onto which they can add their own notes. This means less writing, and also gives students the chance to reading key words and names they may miss it only relayed orally.

Action plan for lecturer

Post lecture handouts online in advance of the lecture so students can:

  • engage in advanced preparation,
  • use the lecture handout as a template onto which to add their own notes,
  • reuse the lecture handouts as a study aid at exam time.

Another useful strategy to ensure students get the most from your lecture and use it as a study resource is to record the lecture and release it to your students as a pod cast.

 


Last updated 28 September 2016 by Trinity Inclusive Curriculum (Email).