You managed to accurately highlight the pros and cons of your two chosen modes of dissemination. Unit-based presentations are indeed a popular choice in many universities to present items from books and other sources (Xie et al., 2020). At the same time, working with peer-reviewed articles not only provides the highest quality of information, but also prepares the students for disseminating material from the best sources possible (Xie et al., 2020).
One particular mode of dissemination you should consider, however, includes video lectures. They can take the form of unit presentations you already mentioned or be utilized for mini-conferences between the teacher and students (Sidpra et al. 2020). The format of video-conferences is becoming increasingly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic (Sidpra et al. 2020). It allows for accessing university-level education from the comfort of one’s home and is notoriously safer (Sidpra et al. 2020). It also allows the options of recording lectures and accommodates individuals that are busy with part-time or full-time work to still attend, either by using their laptops or smartphones.
Some of the downsides of this method of dissemination of information include the reliance on equipment. Individuals unable to afford a computer or an advanced smartphone will not be able to participate fully in this type of conference (Sidpra et al. 2020). Likewise, a technical difficulty or a malfunction will prevent a user from accessing the feed. Finally, all participants would have to share a platform for a video-conference to succeed in its purpose (Sidpra et al. 2020). Nevertheless, these downsides can be overcome through cooperation and planning. At the same time, the video-conference format offers safety against COVID-19 and will likely remain relevant and useful long after the epidemic has passed.
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