Faculty using lecture follow a great tradition of sharing information orally. When choosing to lecture, consider the best practices that can improve its effectiveness.

Myth – Lecturing must be passive learning –

Fact – Lecturing can and should include activities, movement, reflection, and application

Lecturing provides an opportunity to explain challenging material, add interest to readings, and link ideas together.  The key to an effective lecture is to add activities that give students time to apply, reflect, and engage with the content.  Break up your lectures every 10 -15 minutes with a 2-5 minute activity. Here are some ideas.

  • Provide guided notes that require students to listen for information, then have then swap notes to compare and clarify questions
  • Create opportunities for students to use their devices to research the topic and apply what they learned in the class
  • Have students answer a question, then discuss it with a peer nearby. Use these as the basis for a class discussion.
  • Have students complete a mobile Blackboard quiz on the material to assess learning (and take attendance). We’ve provided instructions here.
  • Create engaging slides that provide interest, but not the whole lecture
  • Provide opportunities to move around the room. This could include swapping papers, putting sticky notes on a wall or writing something on the board. Movement helps learning.
  • Try adding iClicker activities to your lecture.