presentation at the Society of Animation Studies lasted only five
minutes but had more content than many I heard that ran four times as
long. Alex recommends 'flipping' the classroom by assigning lecture
videos as homework (as he does with Animation Apprecntice, his online
course) and concentrating on work in progress during studio sessions.
"The beauty of an online lecture is that
if you don't get it the first time, you watch it again and again". Of
course...some students don't watch the videos. These are the same
students who 'glance' at reading assignments in the textbooks
(translation: they stared at the cover for a few seconds but didn't open
the book.) And they are the same students who won't do well in class
and who won't get great grades. Ultimately, you can't make people
learn...they have to want to do it. But it does make sense to maximize
studio time and minimize lecture time, since we are working in visual
media. Alex can 'pitch' really well, too.