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Reframing the Lecture as a Pedagogy of Engagement


To lecture or not to lecture? This is a common question in higher education today, as critics have called lectures boring, obsolete, old-fashioned, overused, and even unfair. The criticisms, however, often are leveled at one type of lecture: the full-session, transmission-model lecture. There are, however, other forms of lecture. So perhaps the question we should ask instead is how to lecture in ways that engage students and deepen learning. Interactive lecturing provides a model for combining lectures and active learning in ways that increase teaching effectiveness and student learning. In this session, participants will learn about blending lectures and active learning techniques.



  • Claire Major, PhD, University of Alabama
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