Interactive Lecture

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

**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.