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Effective Lectures

Originating from the great European universities of the Middle Ages, lectures are perhaps the most traditional form of university instruction. They offer instructors the opportunity to exercise maximum control over the educational setting and provide excellent forums for the dissemination of research unavailable in other venues. Also, because they allow one instructor to share his or her knowledge with many students at the same time, lectures make good business sense in today’s system of higher education.


Nevertheless, effective lectures must be carefully planned in order to avoid creating a situation of passive learning, where students merely memorize what their professor teaches in order to reproduce it on an examination. Strong lectures will engage students to learn actively and will focus on student learning in any number of ways. This page is your portal to various resources designed to help you plan and deliver effective lectures.

Effective Lecturing: A brief guide to planning and delivering effective classroom lectures

See also Leading Discussions, Teaching Large Classes and Active Learning

IU Resources

Lecturing Indiana University Teaching Handbook

Waking up the Lecture Hall An article about active learning techniques from Research and Creativity, IU's online journal.