KNOCK knock. Who's there? An incredibly boring lecturer. But not for much longer, reports Times Higher Education (May 29). Lecturers are learning to be more like stand-up comedians in a series of seminars. Tips include being visible, voicing your students' thoughts ("I know you'd rather be watching daytime TV") and doing less preparation.
Relying on humour isn't recommended. "The older you get, the more detached you get from younger people's humour. It's pitiful watching an older person trying to be funny with younger people," says Kevin McCarron, the course leader.
THE cites comedians such as Dave Gorman as good role models for academics. Russell Brand less so, unless you want to put the lech into lecturing.