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Range of Teaching Methods - Who Benefits?

As all students have differing learner preferences, the use of varied methods will advantage all students. It allows for visual, aural, interactive, oral, practical etc. learning

The following are case studies of students who may have particular difficulties with traditional lecture- based teaching
Cases Issue Solutions for students
Mature Student While this students aims to attend all lectures sometimes this is not possible due to external responsibilities (e.g. child becomes ill and cannot attend creche). Pod casts, online forums, wikis, and other online teaching methods can allow the student to engage with the class at flexible times.
Student with ADHD Difficulties with concentration makes lectures difficult for this student. He also has problems note taking due to difficulties with short-term memory. Pod casts, online forums, wikis and other online resources can allow the student to engage with the class when and where they can focus.
Student with a difficult home life. Student find it difficult to maintain concentration on lectures due to anxieties about difficulties at home. Student can benefit from interactive teaching methods that sustain attention e.g. rhetorical questions, group work, questionnaires.
Student with a specific learning difficulty Student finds it difficult to discern the main points and the structure of arguments within a lecture. Student can benefit greatly from the use of audio visual teaching materials. Also group work and other interactive teaching methods may be of benefit.
International student Student finds it difficult to follow lectures in a foreign language and so misses vital points. Podcasts allow students to revisit lecture, forums and wikis allow students to engage at their own pace.

Action plan for lecturer

Offer a range of teaching methods and materials that students can draw on a variety of methods in ways that best suit their learning preferences, and circumstances.

Innovative Teaching Example:

Dr. Patrick Geoghegan from the School of History and Humanities gives an example of an innovative teaching method he employs for students of History. You can also watch the teaching method in action at: Act of Union Debate

Last updated 28 February 2019 by Trinity Inclusive Curriculum (Email).