Monday, 6 May 2013

Dancing in lectures

Hello. My name is Kostas Economides and I am a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of the South of England (USE for short). Well, actually that is not true really as the names of individuals and institutions in this blog have been changed to protect the innocent - and the guilty!

It is just going to be a short blog post today as it is a Bank Holiday and I am not going in to the University.

Did you see that story in the Times Higher about students at Robert Gordon University being encouraged to dance to their own music choices every twenty minutes in lectures? Apparently it is part of university's "Fit for the Future" initiative. It is being tried in an attempt to make students less sedentary while learning.

Could this be why Jack has taken up dancing classes? Perhaps he is going to try out the dancing idea in his lectures?

This also reminds me of something Gus told me a little while ago. He remembers a lecturer some years ago who tried out a variant of musical chairs in seminars. When the music stopped the person without a chair had to answer a question. It was on Red Nose day and was clearly just a one-off bit of fun but the students had really enjoyed it. Maybe there is something in this kind of thing?

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