Feeds

Student leader demands lectures be 'put against the wall'

Citizen Streeting wants end to fleshy student interaction

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The leader of the UK's students has declared that "come the revolution", lectures would be put up against the wall and shot in favour of virtual teaching.

Wes Streeting, the head of the National Union of Students, has dismissed lectures as redundant and out of date in an article in Policy Review Magazine, The Times reports.

Streeting said that as education budgets come under pressure, educational institutions should exploit new technologies, including online learning, to free up academics to conduct the sort of small scale tutorial sessions that are usually the preserve of a handful of top flight Unis.

He declares that “Come the revolution, I’d see virtual learning environments acting as a space for students to come together and collaborate.”

“Why is it, in the age of mass higher education, that we keep packing lecture theatres with hundreds of students for a format designed for teaching no more than 20 in an elite system?"

It doesn't seem to have occurred to Streeting that hundreds of students might like being crammed into a small room together, giving them the opportunity to eye up the opposite, or indeed same, sex without the impediments of subdued lighting and blaring music.

Lecture halls also provide somewhere to rest before heading to the bar. Without the occasional need to turn up on campus, student hygiene would surely collapse altogether.

Sometimes they even pick up some valuable information from the haggard old corduroy standing at the front of the room, as they wander off topic and explain exactly why they were forced out of the SDP and back into a career in higher education.

And if students weren't forced to cram themselves into lecture halls, they might not appear on campus at all, leaving a serious dent in the NUS's own revenue stream as its bars stand empty.

Of course, this might actually be exactly what Streeting wants. One of his previous campaigns was a crackdown on binge drinking by students.

Call us old fashioned, but we thought occasional lectures and frequent binge drinking were the whole point of University. If Streeting's plans come to pass, the country's semi-educated classes would cease breeding altogether - except of course, for the occasional coupling in an intense, small scale tutorial session.®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it
Fondleslab-friendly beastie's wake spotted... OR WAS IT?
Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses
AgencyGlass saddles user with creepy OLED display
Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet
UAVs likely to have been made in the Middle Kingdom
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga
Maintains he didn't create cryptocurrency, but will join community
Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK
P2P badboys show online piracy is alive and humping
Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her
Charged with introducing .22 snubbie to penile facility. It wasn't firing blanks
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.