Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Is There a Ban on Reading Papers Aloud at the AHA?

I don't think so.  But several historians have taken to Twitter in an attempt to prevent presenters from reading their papers aloud.  Great idea, but I would probably not go that far.  Some presenters who can read a paper with passion, dynamism, eye-contact, and the proper inflection can be much better and more engaging than a presenter who stumbles through a presentation using notes or a Powerpoint.

1 comment:

Bill Harshaw said...

Being old and jaded, I wonder how effective the readers are when they try to teach their students. I'd understand if one is more nervous in front of peers and potential employers, but surely the skills and the absorption in the material should be similar in both settings.