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Subject: Re: [APG] Lecturer vs. instructor
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 11:05:41 -0500
Everything everyone has said about the distinction between lecturers and instructors makes sense. Thanks.
I fully understand the difference between a single-top, or single-theme lecture, on the one hand, and the kind of pedagogy that goes into a multi-session course. There are indeed different kinds of skills and techniques in the two. My only concern is that for many people (including me) who visit the APG professional directory, the distinction between "instructor" and "lecturer" is not immediately obvious.
To say that a lecturer lectures and an instructor instructs does not help a great deal. However, it is clear from the responses I've seen that the intent is for instructors to be viewed more as educators who present courses of study (as opposed to lectures), that might in some cases even include student assignments and examinations. Another difference might be that lecturers have audiences and instructors have students; the audience for a lecture does not make the same commitment to an unfolding body of course content as does a student. This is obviously an oversimplication, but it helps me think about the difference in teaching tactics in the two settings.
St. Paul, MN
Sent: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 9:42 AM
Subject: [APG] Lecturer vs. instructor
Here's another take on the question.
In a nutshell, a lecturer lectures, that is, provides a one-way oral
presentation which may use visual reinforcement, nowadays usually a
PowerPoint presentation, and may allow for questions from the audience
during or after the presentation.
An instructor offers a more varied experience to meet the needs of different
learners. Instruction may include lecture but is more dependent upon an
array of learning activities involving the audience. These might include
extensive dialogue between the learners and the instructor, case study
analysis by the learners, hands on projects, and presentations by the
learners. See Pat Stamm's article in the June 2006 APGQ for a discussion of
other methods of instruction.
Arlene Jennings, CG
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