One of the best things about working in academia is interacting with a constantly changing set of students. We have a particularly diverse group at my University in terms of background, country of origin, language, and maturity. And while it may be cliche, it is true that in teaching them you can learn just as much from them (if you are open to it). I have dabbled with aspects of instructional design, cognitive load theory, multimedia learning, etc., and other RxInformatics folks like @poikonen have posted about Beautiful Evidence, but I recently had a rotation student focus my attention on a seemingly simple element: font. Mr. Salvatico opened my eyes a bit in terms of free resources for fonts and their utility. While we didn’t see eye-to-eye on the frequency of font variation in lectures, I definitely learned from our exchanges. In the spirt of these exchanges, I present the following Fun with Fonts ‘case study’. Please be aware these lyrics do carry a parental advisory warning.
P.S. A good way to see if your students are actually listening in class is to introduce this clip by Katy Perry and KENNY West and see how fast it takes one of them to correct you to KANYE West.