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Interactive Lecture

What is it?

Interactive lectures include at least one opportunity for students to interact actively and directly with the material through a specific learning task. These can be brief segments within a larger lecture-based class period, and can include a single repeated technique or a mix of several different ones. 


Advantages of this approach include:

  • More student-centered than traditional lectures 
  • Increased active learning can promote more engagement and better retention and deeper understanding of the material
  • Easy for instructors to implement interactive elements into materials which may already be created


Some challenges of this approach include:

  • Depending on the amount of interactivity it can encourage students to be passive participants in the majority of the lecture, so think about the frequency of the interactive elements
  • Not all students feel comfortable sharing their voices or posing questions in class, so think about way to allow students to engage through multiple mechanisms


Examples and Implementation

Write a Question – Instead of just saying, “Are there any questions?”, ask all of your students to spend a minute or two reflecting on the lecture thus far and writing down one or two questions on paper.


Practice Homework Problems – After lecturing on a particular type of problem, give students a problem to work at their seats that resembles the kinds of problems they’ll see on their homework. After giving students a few minutes to try to work through the problem, discuss the problem with the class.


Think-Pair-Share - Pose a question and ask students to think for 30 seconds on their own, then turn to a neighbor and discuss. Then ask groups to share out to the group.