Asko Korpela
A good lecture

I have been retired for 17 years, but now and then I have woken up to consider the question: What makes a good lecture? In fact, the answer is to me clear as the water. A good lecture is one in which the lecturer will discuss all the time with the listeners and actually dig the essential content of the lecture from the mouth of the audience. Always remembering this becomes as the superior master to my mind the American Professor John R. Darling, who since 1974 more than 30 years every autumn at the Helsinki School of Economics gave a series of lectures in marketing. Fortunately, I did go to listen to one of his last lectures. He walked back and forth in the lecture hall, and knew how to provoke the students to ask and answer. However, the lecture was not done by students alone, but the lecturer gave his full contribution, too.

Also myself as a student, some of my mentors sought this style, above all Professor Henrik Virkkunen, who died at a young age. In fact, I did not come to clearly recognize this way of lecturing in my own active time, but it has risen to my mind one of my lecture series, when, however, it happened. What made the conversation, was an active student. It was a macroeconomics course to a quite small, maybe 10 student group. The active student was Mika Pantzar. Hope he will not get upset, though name being mentioned here. At all occasions he cut, commented, asked. Clearly all the present liked it, no case of disturbance.

Then I have heard such a lecture, surprisingly as Nilsiän community college lecture. It was given by Pastor Jaakko Heinimäki. Regret that I can not remember the title of the lecture right now. Something that was a matter of conscience. That time I came to be myself an active questioner and commentor. I almost dropped from my chair when in the next edition of the local newspaper Pitäjäläinen the Rector of the community college deeply regretted the low quality of the lecture, one of the best I've ever heard.

This conversational style can also be applied in a book. Topic of this writing became actual as I received and started reading yesterday the Portuguese e-book of Manuel Pinheiro Chagas: Historia Alegre de Portugal. In a group of half a dozen of people he undergoes a series of discussing the history of Portugal.

And last but not least: I've myself written that kind of a book! Suomi markalla mitaten (Finland measured by markka). There I and an imagined active student discuss the Finnish economy using econometric models to support. Just an excellent contribution to the book is given by Hannu Kalla by humorous, but acute case illustrations. I have recently come to get scanned this book to fully readable electronic format.
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