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Lecturing

Lecturing sometimes has a poor reputation; these resources offer ideas about effective approaches to lecturing as a teaching strategy, from structuring the lecture to using guided notes and other means of involving students during the lecture.

  1. Delivering a Lecture (webpage) Excerpts from the book Tools for Teaching, by Barbara Gross Davis, University of California, Berkeley. This resource is based on teaching practices of faculty and on research studies in speech communication. It is designed to help instructors capture and hold students' interest and increase their retention. Retrieved on January 9, 2012 from http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/delivering.html.
  2. Effective Lecturing (pdf) by William Cashin, Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development, Kansas State University. Provides tips and ideas to help instructors deliver effective lectures. Cashin, W. (1985). Effective lecturing. IDEA Paper, 14, 1-6. Retrieved on January 10, 2012 from http://www.theideacenter.org/sites/default/files/IDEA_Paper_46.pdf.
  3. Learning with Lectures (pdf) by Robert Kozma (1994), University of Michigan. Examines some important research findings about how students learn and then draws some implications for how lectures can be structured and delivered to help students understand. Kozma, R. (1994). Learning with Lectures. CRLT Occasional papers, 6, 1-4. Retrieved on Sept. 12th 2011 from http://www.crlt.umich.edu/publinks/CRLT_no6.pdf.
  4. Want to Improve the Effectiveness of your Lectures? Try Guided Notes(Webpage)  by William L. Heward (2004). This resource offers many tips to enhance lectures through guided notes.  Heward, William, L. (2004).  Talking about Teaching: Essays by members of the Ohio State University Academy of Teaching. Retrieved on Sept. 12th 2011 from http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/34578/Heward_Want_to_Improve_the_Effectiveness_of_Your_Lectures_2004.pdf?sequence=1.
  5. Teaching Tips: Improving Lectures (webpage)  by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Point Loma Nazarene University. The resource offers ten “worthwhile considerations” to help teachers improving lectures. Retrieved January 9, 2012 from http://www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/centers-institutes/center-teaching-learning/teaching-tips/improving-lectures.
  6. 10 Suggestions to Improve Lectures (pdf) by Career and Technical Education, University of North Texas. Presents four steps encompassing strategies to enhance lectures: Building interest; Maximizing understanding and retention; Involving students during the lecture; Reinforcing the lecture. Retrieved January 9, 2012 from http://www.cte.unt.edu/home/classroom/improving_lectures.pdf.
  7. Delivering Powerful Lectures (pdf) by the Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California. Presents key aspects behind effective lectures, from the selection of the moment to deliver lectures to the assessment of students’ learning and the evaluation of your lecture. Retrieved on January 9, 2012 from http://cet.usc.edu/resources/teaching_learning/docs/Powerful_Lectures04.pdf.