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Petition in favour of 'Live Law Lectures' at the University of Hertfordshire

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After much discussion with fellow classmates and some of my tutors, I have made the decision to create a petition. I will show my results to the heads of department, and I would then like to meet with them to discuss my findings and try to come to an agreement, and arrange to be taught more 'real' lectures. There would be many benefits to being taught live lectures. Some of these include: - They are more engaging - Lecturers can teach a large number of students at the same time - Live lectures can be filmed, and THEN put on studynet for people to watch if they had been ill/did not understand the topic the first time - Lectures can be used as an opportunity for students to be told about other information (eg. public lectures, law society events, etc) - Our lecturers have been given a job title for a reason. they're not technicians or broadcasters, and I'm almost certain that they would prefer to teach 1 x hour lecture on a particular topic, rather than record and upload KBLs which apparently take a lot longer - My main point, however, is that I feel that I would perform much better in Skills Sessions/Workshops/Coursework AND Exams if, at some point, I had actually been taught the relevant information in the first place. I am paying £7,800 a year to teach myself, and I do not feel that this is acceptable. I genuinely regret coming to the University of Hertfordshire as I did not realise that this is how the system works here. Fair enough, University is different to Sixth Form/School, and I should not expect to be spoon-fed - but I fail to comprehend why the Law Department is the only department that does not host 'Live' Lectures. And, as of yet, I have not been told a reasonable reason why this is the case. Quotes: "You don't have live lectures?! Isn't that the whole point of Uni? Without them you might as well do an open uni course!!" "Video lectures should be supplementary to the existing lectures. Students are, stereotypically, lazy and if they can get away easily with not having to do something then they wont - typically they won't watch podcasts because who's there to monitor it?" "Why should the Law course at UH be so different to every other course at every other University? It's like starting a football team with 7 players just to be different..." "I'm annoyed enough that I'm paying 7.5k TUITION fees just to listen to online lectures, which I could easily do at home. My mum actually laughed and thought I was joking when I told her that we don't have any live lectures and that they are all online." "I couldn't agree more. As a mature student, one of the major attractions was that I could listen to KBLs at home meaning I could juggle childcare e.t.c. But, now I am here I can see the benefit of having the choice. Your solution here - to host live lectures that are recorded and then posted - is perfect and really is the best of both worlds. Live lectures are so much more engaging and stimulating. I can still remember all the details from KK's first ethics lecture and I didn't even need to take notes!"  "I was told by one of the lecturers that the reason why they don't do live lectures any more is due to there being no space in the lecture rooms, because of other subjects, ever since the law school moved from St Albans to De Hav. Regardless, it still makes no sense why Law is the only subject at UH that receives inferior treatment. Your suggestion of having live lectures which can be recorded and put onto Studynet makes perfect sense."


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