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Engagement Triggers and Tasks for Interactive Segments

After pre-instructional planning is considered, a second step in providing an interactive lecture is to determine a learning task and while not required, it is certainly helpful to select a potential engagement trigger to create an interactive lecture segment. Students will complete the task in the context of an interactive learning technique such as a think-pair-share, question of the day, one-minute write or some activity formed by combining techniques.

Tasks for Interactive Lecture Segments

The actual interactive segment and activity must be centered around the completion of some learning-oriented task. Tasks are the actual activity the instructor has students do such as interpret a graph, while interactive lecture techniques. are the processes by which students complete the activity, such as using a think-pair-share to interpret a graph.

Options might include:

Engagement Triggers for Interactive Lecture Segments

The instructor might want to begin an interactive lecture segment by using some sort of engagement trigger to capture student attention. This can be as simple as asking a thought-provoking question. Other good options are things that have visual appeal or are of common interest to students. Instructors might try:

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For instance, consider the photo to the left as an example of an evocative visual used as an engagement trigger. An economics professor might display this photograph (taken while on vacation) to the class as an engagement trigger. The instructor plans for students to engage in a think-pair-share activity in which they answer an open-ended question about why economists study markets and what value there is in understanding the interaction of supply and demand. The visual representation of a physical market captures student attention and imagination as they begin this exercise which ultimately serves as an introduction to the segment of a course in which the instructor will teach the concept of a market.


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