Posts by rtropson

Ending the Boring Lecture

When I was first hired to teach, I thought I could easily produce great lectures, the kind we see on Ted Talks. I had pictures, graphs, nicely formatted text, important content highlighted, animations, the works. My lectures were even enthusiastically delivered. Unfortunately, some students were not as engaged as I was expecting and several students were nodding off. What was I doing wrong and just how was I to keep my students engaged?

It’s not necessarily the content of the lecture or even its delivery that keeps students engaged, but activity…

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