Today I gave my first lecture, presenting mass spectrometry in a 3rd year analytical chemistry course. I was substituting for the professor, who is normally teaching this course and I will have second go in April – teaching infrared spectrometry applications.
I have to say that it went really well and I guess a lot of experience that I gathered as a trainer with the Austrian Scout and Guide Association came in handy here. In fact – presenting in a university lecture is a lot less demanding, because (unfortunately) there are fewer methods to choose from and a lecture is more a presentation than working collaboratively on a problem.
I have had some good feedback from students after the lecture, although they were pretty quiet with only a few questions during the lecture. Let’s see, how it goes next Thursday