Professor Craig Wright has been teaching an introductory course on classical music for as long as he can remember. It started as a traditional lecture course, became an active in-person lecture course, and four years ago he taught it in Yale Summer Session as a Small Private Online Course (SPOC). In the spring Craig transformed the course yet again, this time into a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Craig shares his journey with us on this episode of the Teach Better Podcast.
0:00 ⏯ Intro
0:53 ⏯ Teaching at Yale since 1973
6:15 ⏯ Taking on your mentor’s course: Craig laughs. Wax on LP’s; Technology changes, and we change.
9:08 ⏯ Realizing you know less and less; Replicating a model of the professor you’ve experienced “is not always the best way.” Not conveying information but inspiring, changing the way someone experiences the world.
11:50 ⏯ “In some ways it used to be about trivia.”
13:28 ⏯ Teaching a course as “the voyage of a lifetime.”
15:46 ⏯ Finding Stephen Malinowski’s musical visualizations on Youtube
17:29 ⏯ Experts see things differently.
20:49 ⏯ Changing the medium of teaching.
24:32 ⏯ Active learning in a large lecture; Knowing your students.
29:53 ⏯ Some online courses are more like a seminar.
33:19 ⏯ Pushing the envelope with technology: an online orchestra.
36:34 ⏯ Paradoxes of technologies: a Stradivarius doesn’t age at the same rate as a smartphone.
40:39 ⏯ What you lose and gain in an online course.
42:39 ⏯ Reaching more students in a single course than you’ve taught in 40 years of teaching.
46:04 ⏯ Using a new medium to teach the same material: getting yourself out of the familiar. “We all learned so much about America by moving to Paris.”
48:32 ⏯ The MOOC that became an obsession
49:05 ⏯ A worst single mistake: misjudging your audience.
50:13 ⏯ One single debacle vs. a thousand little cuts. Moving on every day, trying to do a good job.