I agreed to give a lecture on postmodernity for the class I TA last week. But as I was planning this lecture, I thought it would be not very postmodern and more than a little boring of me to just stand and talk about postmodernity. So instead, I designed a participatory lecture. I wrote down different points of the lecture on notecards, shuffled them, and then passed them out to any students who were willing to take one. The notecards had one of three markings on them, and when I indicated one of the markings, those students with that marking on the card read their notecards in whatever order ended up happening. I introduced the lecture (not from the front, though – standing at the side of the room), and indicated when it was time to transition between sections (while moving about the room). Thus, it was a structured but still participatory and somewhat spontaneous lecture. I’ve uploaded the lecture notes for any who are interested. They can be found here.
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