Mini-lectures are an excellent technique to use for topics students are struggling
with in your course. Mini-lectures can be used to augment student learning, help students
acquire information, and present up-to-date information. Below are some tips and resources
on effective lectures. Below are some tips for delivering effective lectures:
- Watch yourself on film. This will help you focus on behaviors that will keep student
attention. The SCOT program offers in-class filming for professors to see themselves while they lecture.
- Keep students' attention. Professors can vary pitch, tone, or volume. Professors can
ask for questions or comments during the lecture.
- Break it up. Professors can pause during the lecture.
- Be enthusiastic and conversational.
- Maintain eye contact and don't talk into your lecture notes.
- Move about the room.
- Pause and give a students a problem to solve.
- Have students exchange their notes from the lecture. This allows students to see what
other students thought were important or what concepts the students might have missed.
If you do this, warn the students at the beginning.
- Incorporate formative assessment into the lectures using clickers.
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Lang, J. M. (2008). On course: A week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Nilson, L. B. (2010). Teaching at its best: A research-based resource for college instructors (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
For more in-depth reading, view these articles:
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Additional web resources:
TWENTY WAYS TO MAKE LECTURES MORE PARTICIPATORY
Active Lecturing: The Potential of PowerPoint
Effective Lecture Preparation and Delivery