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Handing out dead tree is always a bit controversial, but we're not surprised to see that a number of people still appreciate it. Incidentally, there's evidence that even doodling on paper (or any other physical activity) increases your retention of lecture material, never mind taking notes!
It's interesting that nobody mentioned the dashboard. It was quite a lot of work to create it last year, and I (Julian) did so because I thought it would be useful ... maybe it's included under "Labs"!
Lecturers assuming prior knowledge was also mentioned last year. As Julian said in the first lecture, it can be very hard for us to have a firm grasp on what an arbitrary undergraduate student either does or should know, so you should shout if we assume something you don't know! If any of you can point to a concrete example of prior knowledge being assumed, please let Julian know what it is.
A fair number of people find tutorials unhelpful, but about the same number cited them as a positive thing. It would be interesting to know whether this is tutor dependent.
All material should be published no later than the standard 24 hours in advance, but for much of it it's simply a matter of the responsible lecturer being better organized to get it out even earlier, since much of it changes little from year to year.
A radical possibility would be to convert the whole course to flipped classroom, so that you would watch videos before the "lecture", and the "lecture" would be entirely devoted to examples and discussions. Flipping a course is a great deal of work, but is something a new organizer could consider!
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