After the exams, the lecturer for "Bring Your Own Beer", a module designed to teach students how to write correctly, in an academic context, delivered a hectoring lecture, angrily castigating the assemblage of students in fron t of her, for their terrible performance in the first assignment. The lecturer's focus was particularly directed at our collectively appalling grammar, punctuation, syntax and sentence structure.
The same lecturer, then posted on Blackboard - the Web based message and info system for Universities in the UK, a notice, the second paragraph of which reads as follows:
"If in your assignment feedback you were picked up your sentence construction and/or lack of paragraphing, I strongly recommend that you look at these resources, which have two tasks which you should complete and learn from."
While it is true that Alanis Morrisette's song "Ironic" does not actually describe any ironic situations (look up Ed Byrne's comic rant on You Tube), this latest piece of gibberish from this particular lecturer, compounds the cumulative irony of this module, and the way it is delivered. For example, early on in the module, we the students were urged NOT to accomplish the pronunciation of "phenomenological" because, as a word, it was "too big", and the lecturer did not "do" jargon. Similar arguments were applied to any word, or even syllable, which may cause difficulty - words such as "parallelogram" - apparently "too many 'le' 'le' 'le' ".
Equally, a core element of the module was the TEACHING as FACT of the notions of learning styles, reflective learning and Kolb's Learning Cycle. In fact, my final assignment for this module is to write a 3000 word essay, self-assessing my Learning Style, and how it has changed since the start of term. Due to the fact that I have been given to understand that it is not allowable to repeat a single word 3000 times, I have embarked upon a voyage of self-directed study, a research project to investigate the how's, why's and evidences for the concepts of learning styles etc. Titled "Reflect on this, sucker" I expect this latest work to be met with the same level of critical acclaim that "Civilization-Why?" reached. Hopefully, it will take me above Mr Dawkins, who as we all know is the 3rd Best Academic in England.