Pedagogy, Performance, and the Pecha Kucha Format
What role does performance have in pedagogy? Is it the instructor's performance, the students' performance, or both? How can one intentionally plan instruction to increase active performance in the classroom?
With a goal of increasing students' active learning, we consider the Pecha Kucha presentation format that allows the presenter only 20 slides (visuals only), and each slide advancing automatically after 20 seconds. It was born from a need for creative people to share ideas more efficiently.
A Pecha Kucha presentation can be about anything; check out these examples:
Why do this?Student performance in a course might traditionally mean how the students fare on summative papers and tests. To foster a more active learning environment, we can expand our approach to "student performance" and demand smaller, on-the-spot learning performances - ones where the student may struggle a bit, but everyone is learning from the experience.
How do we add this?These presentations don't have to take class time, they can be recorded and even discussed outside of class using Voicethread.
You can modify the approach, too. Here's a simple modification of a full presentation: Each week, the instructor chooses five images. These images may come from a reading assignment or be charts or graphs everyone is responsible for understanding. All students understand that they may be responsible for standing up in class and saying something brief about each of those images.
The CIL can help you determine ways to increase the role of performance in your pedagogy, based on any course's needs.
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