While I have been preparing for my latest set of lectures, on Quantum Chemistry and Statistical Thermodynamics, I have been reflecting on what ‘preparation’ involves now. The lectures are given as PowerPoint presentations, the students can download the notes in advance, and this year, for the first time, I’m, recording my lectures, and the recordings will also be made available (but only to those who attend!). This is a considerable contrast to when I started lecturing in the late 1980s, when I would turn up and write things on the board. All I needed then was my notes, and some chalk.
The question is, are things really better now for the students? Comments?