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Your discussion of the aanprept greater pedagogical value of podcasts got me thinking. It seems counter-intuitive to me that a podcast can give better teaching but basically it depends on how the teaching is done. As you say, if the lecturer comes in, reads for 50 minutes then goes out, then a podcast would be just as good.But for me, when I am lecturing, having the students there enables me to get an idea of how much they are understanding, and I normally try to get a little interaction going. So basically, I think that if I was to sit in a studio recording my lecture, I would end up doing worse lectures.Perhaps the solution is that students could sign up to attend the class, or just get it online. So, imagine the 50 students who do sign up are actually the ones who will come regularly because they want to be able to ask questions and so on. The rest, who may or may not come, and may just want to sleep through the class anyway, can stay at home and watch it at it their ease. The lecturer would benefit from having the direct feedback, and all students would benefit from having the teaching experience they prefer.
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