Lecture still dominates as the primary instructional strategy used by faculty. 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. Here are some ideas.
For an overview of UTSA Class Modalities head here.
Break up your lectures (every 5-10 minutes online/10-15 minutes F2F) with a short activity.
- Asynchronous Best Practices
- UTSA Faculty Perspective on How to Engage Students in an Asynchronous Class
- Synchronous Best Practices
- Creating Lectures for Learning – Interactivity
- Active Learning for Your Online Classroom: Five Strategies Using Zoom
- Transitioning to Online Lectures
- Lead Your Students to Better Writing
Provide opportunities to “move around” the room.
- This could include swapping papers, putting sticky notes on a wall or writing something on the board/discussion board. Movement helps learning.
- Have students answer a question, then discuss it with a peer nearby or online via break out group/discussion board. Use these as the basis for classroom discussion.