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Lectures.

Student perspective

"I come out of lectures with just odd words jotted down. I can't listen and write. I have to go to the text books then to try and sort it out."

Source: Engineering student, newly identified as dyslexic talking to Academic Support tutor, July 2007.

Students in discussion

Dyslexia video: "Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.." Duration: 3 minutes : 13 seconds

Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.

"…So if the reading's all on WebCT if it's scanned in that's much better, and the slides from the lectures if that's on there with the key points that's great…" (3 min 13s video by Annie Evans)

Teaching methods

Inclusive teaching:

  • Outline the structure, and make clear where you are within it with auditory signals in what you say, and visual signals in the handouts.
  • Offer a mix of auditory, visual and kinaesthetic (e.g. interactive) input.
  • Be aware of pace: offer guidance on follow-up where extensive material is covered quickly.
  • Write up and explain new or difficult terms.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.." Duration: 5 minutes : 3 seconds

Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.

"…so I deliver if you like the core fairly standard stuff electronically and then I could free up the lecture slots to do mainly discussions perhaps also updates…" (5 min 3s video by Richard Field)

Dyslexia video: "Involving students in large groups: ideas for using interactive handsets.." Duration: 2 minutes : 41 seconds

Involving students in large groups: ideas for using interactive handsets.

"…they own it in some sort of sense, they've already thought about it and they've put themselves on the graph…" (2 min 41s video by Richard Field et al.)

Dyslexia video: "Benefits of podcasting for dyslexic students.." Duration: 2 minutes : 43 seconds

Benefits of podcasting for dyslexic students.

"…it seems to make the whole process much more active plus you've got the dual input of auditory and seeing the text as well…" (2 min 43s video by Alex Sallis et al.)

Reasonable adjustments:

  • Make overheads available (preferably electronically) before the lecture.
  • Give permission for students to record lectures and be aware of how your lecturing style might affect this.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Students tape recording lectures and meetings.." Duration: 2 minutes : 47 seconds

Students tape recording lectures and meetings.

"…I received a very very high grade, kind of the highest I've ever achieved and it was the first time I'd actually used this dictaphone so a big thumbs up for that…" (2 min 47s video by Nick Thomas et al.)

Dyslexia video: "Providing notes in advance: benefits for students.." Duration: 2 minutes : 44 seconds

Providing notes in advance: benefits for students.

"…I imagine it's helpful for all students but particularly I think for myself when I'm missing quite a lot in the lectures…" (2 min 44s video by Nick Thomas et al.)

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