Oliviers of the Lecture Theatre

This film was recorded by the Centre for Educational Development, Innovation and Recognition (CEDIR) at the University of Wollongong in my fourth semester of lecturing (October 12, 2004). I was a recently completed PhD at the time, and took every opportunity to develop my public speaking skills (I still go on these types of courses). I am indebted to both Ian McGrath and Janice from the School of Creative Arts (Dramatic Performance) at UOW for their mentoring. This course was dubbed "Oliviers of the Lecture Theatre" and Ian has even written an article on it: http://ro.uow.edu.au/overview/vol1/iss2/5/. When I look back at this footage, I cringe, but certainly am not embarrassed. I was moving like a robot, speaking in monotone, and repeating myself. For those viewing the footage, consider the commentary from two masters of performance, Ian and Janice! How invaluable to receive this one on one training- it practically changed me in the classroom. Body language, breathing, movement, emphasis, clarity of speech, pregnant pauses, voice projection, confidence, passion -- lecturing is not easy but it can be a whole lot of fun depending on whether you are serious about taking on the challenge!