Delivering an Effective Lecture

In this module, faculty learn how to determine if the lecture approach is aligned to their learning objectives, develop well-organized and effectively paced lectures, keep students engaged, and seek student feedback.

To satisfy the module requirements, practicing faculty must apply at least one technique, such as opening with an interesting quote or question to pique students’ interest, providing skeletal notes, or chunking information into manageable segments.

This module is one of six modules under ACUE’s unit on Using Active Learning Techniques.

Advising Subject Matter Expert

Stephen Brookfield
John Ireland Endowed Chair
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Module References

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