Teaching Matters

Experimental interactive learning “Quectures”

Second year Genetics students have been trialling new interactive “Quectures” in a project led by senior lecturer Dr Heather McQueen.

“Quectures” are a fresh take on the inverted or “flipped” classroom where students work through the content prior to lectures leaving them free to engage more productively with the material during highly interactive teaching sessions.

Quectures are divided into blocks, defined by learning objectives, that each consist of traditional lecturing, peer instruction style questions, and students’ pausing to reflect upon, then submit and discuss their own questions about the material. Submitted questions are then re-visited by students between lectures as a focus for independent study, while selected common questions are re-visited in a later lecture.

In a trial of quectures versus flipped lectures and traditional lectures, more students expressed a preference for quectures than for either flipped lectures or traditional lectures. One student said:

Quectures were very helpful and I feel that it has greatly improved my capability of asking questions around the lecture material, that will in the long run help me to grasp the material a lot better.