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The Mentor is In: Developing a Lecture that Matters to Your Students

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA

A classroom lecture can be stimulating and interesting or it can be dry and boring. A lecture is expected for the traditional classroom environment and adapted as a strategy in the online environment through weekly postings that include overviews, summaries, informational postings, and announcements. Students develop a perception about the delivery and content of these presentations based upon prior experiences. They hope to have an instructor who is engaging, dynamic, and able to present information in a way that they engage with it and can remember it after the class is over with. From an instructor’s perspective they can either use it as a means of dispensing information or find a way to make a connection with students so that the delivery of information has impact and meaning. There are techniques that an instructor can build into their facilitation practice that can help to accomplish this goal.

As you begin to develop strategies for the delivery and presentation of your classroom lecture it is helpful to consider the students’ perspective and the amount of information that they are having to process while in this learning environment. In addition, students have active thought patterns

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