How you prepare, organize and deliver your lecture affects its accessibility and how much students learn in your class.
Lecturing is an effective way of disseminating information and helping people to learn, especially in large classes. Enthusiasm, expressiveness, clarity and interaction are all characteristics of effective lecturing.[i] Other teaching strategies may be used in large or small classes to help you meet students’ various learning styles. These include presentations by guest speakers, inviting a panel of experts, or scheduling short discussion breaks among smaller groups of students. Research on best practices in teaching and learning shows that people learn in a variety of ways[ii] – so mix it up and everyone can benefit!