Design Patterns for CS Education/Design Patterns/Student prepared short lectures

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Student prepared short lectures

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Pattern Name

Students prepared short lecture

Problem: Students don’t learn by just listening to a lecture in class.

Level (any)

Semester (any)

Activity type (any)

Solution: As an in class activity, the instructor assigns a topic to each group of students. The students collaborate on producing a short video that describes that topic.

Formation (randomly, prescribed)

Size (pairs, small)

Composition (any)

Duration (single class, topic based)

Contribution to grade (small)

Activity progression (group to class )

Roles (any)

Rationale: Students are more likely to learn the material in more depth if they are asked to discuss and then present the material.
Potential Pitfalls: It is difficult to explain or teach a topic in a short amount of time. The concept of a short video lecture requires breaking the topic into small chunks and this can be challenging.