This instructional technique comes from CTLT’s Instructional Skills Workshop materials. How do you think this technique can and should be adapted to interdisciplinary learning contexts and content?
A lecture is an oral presentation by a qualified person. The pattern of communication is primarily a one-way transmission of information from instructor to learners.
The lecture may be a suitable technique when:
- the basic instructional task is to give information
- the information is not readily available some other way
- there is established learner interest in the subject
- the material is intended for short-term retention
- introducing a subject or giving directions for learning tasks that will be developed through other techniques
- The lecture’s effectiveness will be increased if:
- the material is meaningful
- erbal illustrations are similar to learners’ experiences
- summaries are presented at beginning and end
- the lecture is accompanied by techniques and/or instructional devices that allow learners to participate
- listen, think, take notes
- prepare questions for clarification during or after the lecture