Teaching training courses
I am out of town this week helping teach a week-long class for work about — you guessed it, turbidites. The class is all day everyday, which explains the dearth of posts lately. It is very difficult to keep up with e-mails, much less blogs, while teaching all day.
The teaching aspects involved with this kind of class are interesting and uniqe in some ways — short duration, somewhat intense, highly specialized, emphasis on application, and teaching educated and technically-competent adults. Our goal by the end of the week is that the students can take the concepts and tips we’ve shown them and actually apply them when relevant to their work. At the very least, we hope they gain a level of familiarity that allows them to communicate better with their coworkers.
I know there are some educators and teachers who read this blog — it might be interesting to get some discussion and perspective from those who have done some training-type teaching. Not so much about specific classes or disciplines — but some general thoughts on teaching styles, challenges unique to this setting, or other anecdotes.