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Stephen Downes

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I've been a guest speaker in quite a number of classes over the years, and of course I've invited a lot of guest speakers to various MOOCs. So I'm supportive of the guest speaker format. This article has several useful pieces of advice. First, it's useful to link the speaker to the course content. Second, it's often better to do an interview rather than to sit through a 60 minute lecture. And third, have students act as discussants, conducting the interview themselves. The article also mentions tutorials, which in this context are presented as short assignments the students do to supplement class instruction, which are then presented back to the class. "Tutorials should be about interactive discussion; you should be wary of involving too many student presentations." Just like guest speakers!

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