This semester, the ITI is focusing on IDEAs. IDEAs are intentionally designed educational activities featured in the book Teaching for Learning by Major, Harris, and Zakrajsek. These IDEAs are designed to respond to what the research reported says about lecturing:

  1. Using mini lectures with purposeful active learning breakouts can improve student learning.
  2. Effective and guided note-taking during lecture can improve student learning.
  3. Focusing on the essentials can improve learning, and help students to figure out what is essential to improve student learning.
  4. Frequent quizzing and testing can improve learning.
  5. Style and pace of speech can improve learning.

Try out some of these IDEAs this semester!

1. Guided Note-Taking

What it is: Instructor provides students with a structure for note-taking during a lecture.

How to do it: 1) Provide students with specific, but a fairly skeletal note-taking structure as a handout or via email. 2) Provide your lecture using the same note-taking structure. 3) Ask key questions that ensure students are filling in the missing content.

Tip: If using PowerPoint, replace key concepts with questions.

2. Interpreted Lecture

What it is: The Interpreted Lecture IDEA has students restate what they just learned.

How to do it: 1) Present a lecture and pause after 15 minutes. 2) Randomly select a student. 3) Ask the student to “translate” the lecture segment into plain English in a few sentences. 4) Repeat the process as time allows.

Tip: Prepare your lecture so you can easily stop in 15-minute increments.

3. Responsive Lecture

What it is: Students ask the question and then have the instructor “respond” to the inquiry during lecture, giving students a timely response.

How to do it: 1) Before class, have students gain content knowledge through reading, watching or listening to the lecture. 2) Have each student bring an open-ended question to class. 3) Provide time for teams to work through the questions. 4) Collect answers at the end of each class and clarify any points during the next lecture.

4. Lecture BINGO

What it is: Instructor creates BINGO cards with terms or concepts that will be discussed during lecture.

How to do it: 1) Provide students with BINGO cards and first pattern.
2) Have students mark the cards as they listen to the lecture.
3) Lecture until the BINGO is called.
4) Announce next pattern and continue.

Tips: Use a free BINGO-card generator. Activity may be played in teams.