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Interactive Lecturing

53 tips for making lectures more engaging
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Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire H. Major

  • ISBN: 978-1-119-27745-3
  • January 2018
  • Jossey-Bass
  • 408 Pages

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Interactive Lecturing is a practical text that promotes more engaging lecture presentations. It also supports student learning in lectures through class activities designed to encourage student preparation, attention, and application of newly learned information. Renowned authors Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major provide concrete tips and techniques that can help teachers design class sessions in which students are active and fully engaged participants in the learning process.

Research shows that most college faculty still rely on traditional lectures as their primary teaching technique. However, the research also indicates that students are likely to learn less and are more likely to fail in full-length lecture classes than in those that include active learning components. Interactive lecturing is a proven teaching and learning strategy that maximizes the benefits of both lecturing and active learning that teachers can readily incorporate into any class session.

In addition to providing a synthesis of relevant contemporary theory and research on lecturing, Barkley and Major also share 53 tips for making lectures more engaging and 32 active learning techniques that support learning in lectures. Teachers can use these methods across disciplines, lecture types (from small lectures to large), and in onsite, online, and blended course formats.

This is a focused and up-to-date handbook through which the authors share the collective wisdom from scholarship and practice. It’s an invaluable resource for everyone dedicated to effective teaching in higher education.