One of the best lectures I have ever seen

4 06 2009

Like most academics, I’m constantly trying to improve my lectures. In particular, I try to keep abreast of developments in IT that allow university teachers to be more effective in imparting knowledge to 20 year olds. I was, therefore, very interested in this online video of a truly outstanding lecture by Dr Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor interested in global public health. Global public health is pretty far away for the subject matter I teach, of course. While I found the subject of his lecture fascinating, I’m much more interested in _how_ Rosling communicates his information. As someone who struggles to make effective use of Powerpoint, I’m just blown away by what he can do with images on a screen. He is absolutely brilliant when it comes to using animated graphics to present statistical information.

I urge every university teacher in every discipline to look at this video. One person had this to say about Rosling’s lecture: “You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called ‘developing world.’”