Intimidation or stern in a learning process may not help Aqilah to become a professional photographer
As a beginner, I and maybe many of us needs to decide whether we should be more receptive to feedback from our audiences or be more engaged and intimidating in their decision to voice out and sharing. I remembered during that first class of mine, while going through the slide presentation and explaining about BCG matrix one of the students raised his hand and was asking.
"In your slide, you mentioned that the purpose of the matrix is to identify the status or situation of a company but how come the explanation that I read in the website is slightly different?".
Ok, that was quite an eye opening for me because I never taught that a student would get his hands free during the lecture to check on his iPad and perhaps to a further extent to verify what I've taught in the class. Later and sooner I realized that in my future classes, I will keep emphasizing that students must bring their expensive hand phone, laptop and any gadget that they have backed home to be fully utilized in the class. While lecturing, once a while I will get students to check and ask them the meaning of certain jargon and terms - at the same time verifying whether what I delivered in the class fulfilling their perspectives and related to the learning objectives. This will let them try to understand the concept better and how to apply back in a real situation. Indeed, classroom learning is full of technical, facts and figure therefore you need to let them engage with the outside world quickly - which is the fastest way is by letting them holding to the gadget that they have in hand.
I kept telling to my students that, "during the old days, during my time, when Internet is not around, your focus of knowledge is your lecturer, lecturer notes and the library". You feel indiscriminate because there are not much information and rather limited access, but during the Internet age, information are all over the places. But, you still feel indiscriminate because there are just too many information available and you have difficulty to define which is related to you and in your context of study.
Is intimidation in learning still exist?
Students in my class are forced to present in a big event as part of their work assessment - not only to develop the maturity of the content but instill their confidence.
The answer could be yes and no. It pretty much depends on the objective set forth by the planner (lecturer). Perhaps the concept of forcing and agreeing with the fact that you are suggesting have long gone from the classroom environment but; apart from being non-flexible in providing content, we are spposed to be more flexible in accepting the feedback in the form of contents and method. Imagine that we have 26 students in the class that could give us wonders in the information searching - and our task is basically to consolidate and provide a guide so that the whole entities in the class are talking and looking at the same context.