Developing Effective Class Sessions and Lectures

3c: Developing Effective Class Sessions and Lectures

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 or online microlectures, keep students engaged, and seek student feedback.

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

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Module References

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