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Tabloid News of Sunday, 29 August 2021


Should lecturers change their notes every 10 years?

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For most students, lecture notes become essential when there is a mid-semester exam or end-of-semester exam coming up.

That is the time we cram 10 to 13 weeks of lecture notes within 6 hours ahead of the exam.

However, one of the ongoing conversations about lecture notes is not the fact that most students seldom read them, it is about the fact that year after year, they seem to be the same though the world is changing.

Sometimes backed by assumptions rather than any clear empirical evidence a lot of people quickly take lecturers to the cleaners for regurgitating “old” knowledge for students.

The beating stick in Ghana has been the so-called research allowance lecturers are paid to carry out research in their respective fields.

Also, the fact that a lot of graduates do not fit in well in their chosen industries means all the blame is put on lecturers whose job it was to educate the graduates and prepare them for the world of work.

This conversation could go on and involve the entire educational system and the relationship between industry and academia, however, it often comes down to how dated is a lecturer’s lecture note?

In academic writing, most universities do not allow their student researchers to cite sources that are more than 10 years.

As an exercise to tease out assumptions and in a very 21st century way explore issues of propaganda, Ghanaian lecturer, Dr. Kobby Mensah reflected the criticisms of academia and the widely accepted religious principle about the ancient words in the Bible that remain ever true.

His tweet undoubtedly got reactions from people.

Well, it seems nobody won this argument. However, do you really think lecturers have not been updating their lecture notes for more than 10 years?