Meta-analyses

Alison in Wonderland, Observant, Maastricht

If you’ll excuse me a moment, I need to have a rant. I had to go to a lecture today called ‘How to give a lecture’. This wasn’t a problem in itself: in fact, the idea of going to a lecture on lectures – a meta lecture, if you will – rather pleased me. But you know what I really wish? That professors who were born three hundred years go would stop trying to teach PowerPoint to students who’ve been using it since they were four (“You can use PowerPoint to write points down on slides. And see this? This here is a pointer. For pointing at things. To highlight them. Like so.”). That said, the last slide was called ‘Take-home message’. And you know what the take-home message was? To have a take-home message. Pleasingly meta.

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