20 Ways to Make Lectures More Participatory – From the Bok Center

Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT
Professor Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Electrical Engineering, MIT
  1. Begin with a problem
  2. Ask students their assumptions
  3. Use encouraging nonverbal behavior
  4. Make eye contact and call on students
  5. Encourage students to challenge your ideas
  6. Invite other students to answer student questions
  7. Ask questions throughout the lecture
  8. Pause periodically
  9. Refer to the readings regularly
  10. Ask students what they see on maps and charts before explaining them
  11. Ask students by section or area to make presentations
  12. Divide the room into groups for debates
  13. Use cases or case studies
  14. Pause and have students write answers to questions for one or two minutes
  15. Have students go to the board to write group answers
  16. Reserve time at end of lecture for questions; ask if students need a point clarified
  17. End with a provocative question
  18. End with a one-question quiz
  19. End with a one-minute paper

 Bok Center 20 ways to make lectures more participatory