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Interactive Lectures

This material is replicated on a number of sites as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service Project

Created by Heather Macdonald College of William and Mary and Rebecca Teed, SERC and updated by Gail Hoyt, University of Kentucky, Jennifer Imazeki, San Diego State University, Barbara Millis University of Texas, San Antonio, and Jose Vazquez-Cognet University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This module on Interactive Lectures provides strategies and specific examples of techniques and activities designed to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. The module is designed for the instructor who does not want to replace lecture, but rather to enhance and punctuate lecture to create an interactive classroom experience while maintaining lecture as the primary content delivery mechanism.

What is interactive lecture?

An interactive lecture is an easy way for instructors to intellectually engage and involve students as active participants in a lecture-based class of any size. Interactive lectures are classes in which the instructor breaks the lecture at least once per class to have students participate in an activity that lets them work directly with the material.

What is Interactive Lecture?

Why use interactive lecture?

Lecturing is a time-honored teaching technique that is an efficient method to present large amounts of content in classes of any size and it is efficient for sharing information with large numbers of students, but may result in students who listen passively.

Why Use Interactive Lecture?

How to give an interactive lecture

Giving an interactive lecture involves creating and delivering an effective segmented lecture with engagement triggers and well-selected interactive lecture techniques.

How to Give an Interactive Lecture


Instructors can look here to find specific examples of interactive lecture techniques in practice. Examples are cross listed by type of learning structure they employ and by preparation and classroom time required.Examples of Interactive Lecture Techniques

References and Additional Resources

Instructors can look here for a listing of books, articles and website links that offer further explanation of why and how to make your lectures interactive.

References and Additional Resources

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