Activity 2

TLA5-2: Lecture of FSM with examples

The suggested TLA5-2 activity is a traditional lecture - 60 minutes maximum. Lectures are useful for introducing a subject; however, they must be limited to cover few topics and to have, at the end, some time to review what has been learned. The lecturer has to keep in mind that the attention of the students drops after 15 minutes [7, 9]. That is why, changes of activities, use of icebreakers or pauses are required (e.g. ask for questions, ask questions, give 2 minutes break, use a 3 minutes icebreaker, etc). Using ice breakers -before starting or during the lecture - could be positive to students for reducing inhibitions, encouraging cooperation, developing social skills, creating trust, empathy and teamwork [10, 11]. Information and examples of ice breakers can be found in [11].
In order to reach the two ILOs and to effectively manage time constraints, the focus of the lecture should be on: what is FSM, its characteristics and how to measure. Time constraints are an issue for teachers, who usually try to cover as much material as they can; nevertheless, this should be avoided. It is better to ensure the learning of the essentials instead of superficially covering the whole study program [9]. A good way of assuring the students’ learning is through examples that connect students with the surrounding world.