Lectures are more formal information sessions which usually last 50 minutes and would normally take place in one of the main lecture theatres. However, for the 2020/21 academic year, lectures will all be taking place online.
Different academic areas may take different approaches to how online lectures are delivered, so please check your module handbook for details.
Getting ready for a lecture
In addition to completing any set reading ahead of your lectures, you can prepare by reviewing your notes from the previous lecture, seminar, or workshop and by reading through any slides posted on Blackboard (if they are available in advance) to get you thinking about the topics that will be covered.
Also, before the lecture begins, decide how you will take notes. Will you be writing by hand, or typing them? What note-taking style will you use?
To make the most of a lecture, whether it’s online or in-person, you must be prepared for the topics being discussed and take effective notes that will make sense to you when you come to revise. It’s not enough to just turn up and listen – you must engage with the session to get the most out of it.
Pre-recorded lectures and lecture recordings
Whether an online lecture is live or pre-recorded treat it the same as you would any other lecture – be there/watch it when you are supposed to and take as much on board as you can. You will find it more time consuming to go back and re-watch lectures over and over because you weren’t actively listening to them the first time, and you’ll avoid having a backlog of missed lectures. Having to binge-watch lectures could mean that you do not take as much information as you would have if you had spaced them out.
Watching a lecture again is useful when revising or consolidating the topics discussed. However, you should always aim to attend lectures when they are scheduled as this will allow you the opportunity to ask questions and engage, which should help to deepen your understanding of what is being discussed.
Pre-recorded lectures can be useful if you need to look back at a point you missed. However, don’t spend too long making overly-detailed notes and not give yourself enough time to move on to other tasks. This style of learning will require you to manage your time more independently.
Make use of the technology available to you and use the note-taking function in Panopto to bookmark particularly useful points in a video, which will make it much easier to find them once you come to revise.
Some sessions or lectures will be pre-recorded and made available to you on Blackboard as a video. You should still treat this as you would any lecture and write notes accordingly.
These session may already be broken down by topic or into shorter videos. If not, you should maintain your focus on the topic by pausing the video every so often and briefly summarising any key points.