Quality in education workshops have their rewards, and their puzzles, as Cameron Munro of the Quality in Education Centre at Strathclyde University revealed to the General Teaching Council's seminar on effective teaching (TESS, last week): "Midway through the session I was aware of a young woman standing outside the door of the room. On closer examination I could see that she was tall, rather attractive and standing dripping wet in a very fetching swimsuit. What was even more interesting was that she was beckoning me with her hand.
"After a few signals and lip-reading - 'Are you sure you want to see me?' and she mouthing a definite 'Yes' - I set the group a task that would keep them busy. I then opened the door to have my earlier impressions more than confirmed.
"'Can I come in?' she said. 'Are you sure?' I replied. "'Yes, you see my towel and clothes are in that locker over there.' "She proceeded to walk very slowly across the room and remove her clothes from a locker in the corner. The men present assumed that I had planned the event to gain higher evaluations. "
It was clearly a factor that Professor Sally Brown, the principal speaker, had not taken into account in her earlier talk on effective learning and teaching.